INEC says turnout for PVC collection ‘very encouraging’

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed satisfaction with the turnout for Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) collection across the country ahead of the 2023 election.

The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in an appearance on ChannelsTV, attributed the development to mobilization by leaders at different levels.

“The rate of PVC collection varies from one state to the other and from one place to the other. Some of the Resident Electoral Commissioners are sending daily reports to the Commission, some of them are sending reports every two days, and some are sending every week. So, we are still collating these reports.

“The National Commissioners are also supervising the collection of PVCs in the states that they supervise. But as of today, we are really encouraged by the turnout of people coming to collect. Community leaders are mobilizing, market women are mobilizing, religious leaders and traditional leaders are also mobilizing and people are coming out to collect their PVCs,” Okoye said.

The INEC National Commissioner, however, admitted that the Commission is facing challenges in relation to those who don’t know what to do to collect their PVCs.

According to Okoye, INEC did not print PVCs for those who did multiple or double registrations because their old cards are valid.

Those who transferred their PVCs can get the new cards at the local government and registration areas where they want to vote.

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