The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has approved the resumption of the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for registered voters who were unable to collect their PVCs before the suspension of the exercise on 5th February 2023.
A statement signed by a National Commissioner and Chair of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun on Tuesday said the exercise will cover Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States where off-cycle Governorship elections will hold on Saturday 11th November 2023.
Mr. Olumekun said the PVCs will be available for collection at all local government area offices in the three states, as well as other designated centers with a large number of uncollected PVCs.
The collection exercise will take place on weekdays (Monday – Friday) from 9.00am to 3.00pm for a period of four weeks from 11th September – 9th October 2023.
In addition, two Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) have been redeployed to other states. Mr. Obo Effanga, the REC for Edo State, takes over in Bayelsa State in view of the forthcoming off-cycle Governorship election, while Professor Ayobami Salami moves to Lagos from Ekiti State. The two states are among those without RECs following the end of tenure of the last holders of the offices.
The Commission urges political parties and candidates to conduct themselves peacefully and avoid utterances and actions capable of causing a breach of peace in their ongoing campaigns.
This move comes ahead of the off-cycle Governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States, which are set to take place on Saturday 11th November 2023.
The resumption of PVC collection aims to ensure that all eligible voters have access to their PVCs and can participate in the upcoming elections.