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INEC reveals that uncollected Permanent Voter Cards would be locked in the Central Bank of Nigeria

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards will be locked in the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“The reports from different states  indicate that many  Nigerians have collected their Permanent Voters Cards. Most Nigerians are aware that the commission registered a total of 84, 004,084 eligible voters.

“Out of this number 14, 283,734 million were registered during the Continuous Voters’ Registration. The collection of PVCs is still on and will go on till February 8.  Thereafter,  the commission will recall all uncollected PVCs and  keep them in quarantine  with  the Central Bank of Nigeria and they will remain there till the elections are over,” Festus Okoye, INEC’s Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, said.

“It is difficult to give the exact number of PVCs that have been collected so far. The collection of PVCs is still taking place in  the 774 local government areas. After the February 8, 2019 deadline, the commission will recall all uncollected PVCs and give an account of the number collected and the number yet to be collected.

“Nigerians  will be informed about  the PVC collection data and the commission is committed to a transparent process. We urge Nigerians  to approach INEC offices  in their  LGAs and collect their PVCs.”

“The commission has insisted and will continue to insist that registered voters must collect their PVCs personally and there will not be collection by proxy. The commission printed  14, 283,734 million voter cards for new registrants and  printed replacement cards for those that lost their voter cards and those whose cards are defaced.”

He further noted that the law has provision for those who wants to change their polling units to do so.

“The law provides the period for those that want to change their polling units to do so. The PVCs of these category of persons  are  different. They must comply with the provisions of the law before they will be cleared  to move to  new polling units.”

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