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INEC extends collection of PVC, guards against disenfranchisement

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,  has changed the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards, PVC.

Contrary to the previous deadline, Friday, February 8, it has been extended to Monday, February 11.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, announced the change in the deadline for the collection of the PVC at a meeting he held with resident electoral commissioners in Abuja on Friday.

The purpose, he said, was to save registered voters from being disenfranchised.

Said he:  “The collection of PVCs scheduled to end today Friday, February 8, is hereby extended nationwide to Monday, February 11. This will include Saturday and Sunday.

“All state offices are hereby directed to review the procedure for the collection of PVCs and dedicate all the staff of the local government offices to the collection process.

“The commission wishes to reassure Nigerians that we will continue to take every necessary step to ensure that no registered voter is disenfranchised on account of non-collection of PVCs.”

The INEC boss stated further:  “We wish to reiterate that after the deadline of Monday, all uncollected PVCs will be recalled and deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safe-keeping until after the general elections when the collection of cards and the continuous registration of voters will resume.”