The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that Nigerians who are currently registering for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs)may not be able to collect it this year.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that the registration window for the current exercise pending an extension closes on June 30th 2022.
According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Federal Capital Territory, Yahaya Bello, the PVCs from the current registrations won’t be ready until probably January 2023.
Bello, who spoke on Tuesday explained that there are processes and procedures that must be followed before the cards can be printed and subsequently issued to Nigerians.
While appealing for understanding and corporation from Nigerians, Bello who spoke during a press briefing in Abuja ahead of the Youth Vote Count Mega Music Concert jointly organised by INEC, Yiaga Africa and the European Union, clarified that those collecting their PVCs at the moment are from 2011, 2019 and 2021.
He said, “Anybody just registering cannot immediately collect them (PVCs) until after the end of the whole exercise”.
“I want to make it clear that the PVCs you see people collecting now are from 2011, 2019 and last year. Those who are participating now till June 30 won’t be able to collect theirs now.
“It is a process that will allow us to print these cards. The collection of the PVCs will not commence until the first month of 2023 and it will be done in person, not by proxies.
“Let me also appeal to Nigerians to be civil in the course of this laudable initiative. If we fail to behave ourselves in an orderly fashion, it will only give room for people who want to cause commotion to steal our phones and wallets.”
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