The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that the collection of permanent voter cards will be decentralized to various wards from January 6, 2023.
The commission also said that PVC collection would commence at its offices in each of the 774 local government areas across the country on Monday, December 12, 2022.
INEC, in a statement on Friday, said the decision was reached at its recent retreat in Lagos, where the procedure as well as the timetable for the collection of PVCs were finalized.
The statement, which was signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, indicated that the collection would be moved to the 8,809 Registration Area/Wards from January. Duties -Ondo Female Regents
The statement read in part, “The commission has fixed Monday, December 12, 2022, to Sunday, January 22, 2023, as the dates for the collection of PVCs in all 774 local government offices of the commission throughout the Federation.
“The Commission also resolved to devolve PVC collection to the 8,809 Registration Areas/Wards from Friday 6th to Sunday 15th January 2023. Those that are unable to collect their PVCs at the local government offices of the commission can do so at the registration areas or electoral wards. After January 15, 2023, the exercise will revert to the Local Government Offices of the Commission until January 22, 2023.
“All eligible and valid registrants can collect their PVCs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, including Saturdays and Sundays.
“All the RECs and Electoral Officers have been directed to convene a meeting with the critical stakeholders in their states and local government areas, including traditional and religious leaders, civil society groups, community-based organizations, and the media, to brief them on the modalities for the collection of the PVCs in order to sensitize the public and ensure a seamless exercise.”
“Similarly, RECs and EOs have also been directed to set up help desks to assist registrants with complaints about their PVCs or with the PVC collection procedure for immediate redress.”