INEC Set To Resume Distribution of 11 Million PVCs

The Independent National Electoral Commission has stated that it will resume the distribution of 11,228,582 uncollected permanent voter cards this month of April.

The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education identified as Mr. Festus Okoye, while speaking with journalists, made it clear that all the uncollected PVCs were still locked up at the Central Bank of Nigeria as promised by the Commission until after the elections.

Festus Okoye, however, also stated that a supplementary election in Rivers State had yet to be concluded.

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“All the uncollected PVCs are still locked up because we promised to resume after the elections and, so far, we have concluded some of the elections. The last bit of elections will be done in Rivers State this weekend.  

“Immediately after we are sure we have concluded some of these elections, the collection of PVCs will resume. So, we will soon resume distribution of PVCs, but they are still with the central bank.  

“The continuous voter registration and collection of PVCs are done at the local government level. So, what the commission will do is just to give an indication on when collection can resume, but we have not given that indication yet. We are still busy with elections. But I am sure that within this month, definitely, the commission will set a date when collection of PVCs will resume.

Festus Okoye also said that INEC would set a date for the commencement of new registrations.

His statement read:

“We are just coming out from a major election and in the 2019 regular budget of the commission, we made provision for the acquisition of new direct data capture machines that will enable us commence continuous voter registration.”

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