The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for collecting Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by an additional seven days in an effort to ensure that all eligible citizens can obtain the cards ahead of the General Election. The exercise, which was originally scheduled to end on January 31st on Sunday, will now last until February 5th, 2023. The PVC collection period has now been extended twice, and according to the INEC, this is the last time that the exercise will be extended.
Festus Okoye, Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee and National Commissioner of INEC, made the decision public in a statement issued on January 29th, Saturday. Reports from various states and discussions with resident electoral commissioners were cited in the statement as a justification for the extension. The statement also stated that beginning at 9:00 a.M. Each day, the collection period would be extended by an additional two hours. M. And lasting until 5:00 p. M., as well as weekends.
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Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, previously stated that the organization would not be hesitant to take additional steps to guarantee that all voters have plenty of time to obtain their PVCs prior to the general election. The Commission is encouraged by the progress made so far in the PVC collection process, with more Nigerians showing up daily to pick up their cards.
For all eligible citizens to be able to take part in the upcoming General Election, it is essential that the PVC collection period be extended. To cast a ballot in Nigeria, you must have a PVC, which is a requirement. If you want to participate in the electoral process and have your voice heard, you must get a PVC if you meet the requirements and are of voting age.
The INEC has urged all eligible citizens who have not yet picked up their PVCs to do so before the deadline of February 5th by taking advantage of this final extension. The Commission has additionally urged people to check the status of their voter registration and make any necessary corrections before the deadline. The INEC wants to guarantee a free, fair, and credible general election, so extending the PVC collection period is a step in the right direction.