INEC extends deadline for PVC collection till Jan 29


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has extended the deadline for the collection of the Permanent Voters Card, (PVCs) by eight days.

A statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee Mr Festus Okoye says that the Commission is determined to ensure that registered voters have ample opportunity to collect their PVCs ahead of the forthcoming election.

The statement said that instead of the previously scheduled deadline of Sunday, January 22nd, the collection of PVCs will continue every day from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until Sunday, January 29th (including Saturdays and Sundays).

According to the statement, the Commission is looking into claims of extortion by employees at some collecting facilities and coercion of some dishonest voters to bypass procedures in order to receive their PVCs.


 The commission cautions that those found guilty may face sanctions and/or legal action.

The Commission is troubled by claims of discriminatory PVC issuance in some places, the statement claims.

It instructs Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to guarantee that such activities do not take place nationwide and, in the event that they do, that violators face swift disciplinary action.

 It further stated that the Commission had printed 13,868,441 PVCs for all newly validly registered individuals as well as those who had applied to transfer or replace their cards.


Lastly the statement noted that there is a consequential adjustment of the collection by location.

Collection at Registration Area (Ward) level is extended by one a week from Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd January 2023″. Collection at Local Government level will resume on Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th January 2023″.

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