The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for collecting Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to Sunday, January 29, 2023.
The Herald recalls that INEC had previously set Sunday, January 22 as the PVC collection deadline before extending it.
The decision to extend the deadline was made by senior INEC officials at a meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2023.
Festus Okoye, the national commissioner of INEC, made announced the decision (deadline extension) via a statement obtained by The Herald.
The electoral body said, “the commission is determined to ensure that registered voters have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the forthcoming election. For this reason, the timeframe for the collection of PVCs is extended by eight days.
“Instead of ending on Sunday 22nd January 2023, the collection of PVCs will continue until Sunday 29th January 2023. At the moment, the period of collection is 9.00 am – 3.00 pm daily (including Saturdays and Sundays).”
The collection by location deadline has been adjusted as follows:
- Collection at the Registration Area (Ward) level is extended by one a week from Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd January 2023.
- Collection at the Local Government level will resume on Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th January 2023.
The electoral chairman while addressing allegations of corruption said that ‘the commission is conducting an investigation into allegations of INEC officials extorting Nigerians at PVC collection centers.’
He also said, “Those found culpable will face disciplinary action and/or prosecution. “Similarly, the commission is disturbed by allegations of discriminatory issuance of PVCs in some locations.
“This is against the law. All bonafide registrants are entitled to their PVCs and to use them to vote on election day in any part of the country where they are registered.”
How to get your PVC
To collect you Permanent Voters Cars (PVC), you need to present the temporary slip that was issued when you registered.
If you can not find the slip, check if you have a copy or a picture of it.
However if you can not find any, here is what you need to do; check your name on the distribution list at the centre or at your INEC local government area office.
If your name appears on the register, you will be required to complete an attestation form in order to obtain your PVC.