In continuation of preparations for the forthcoming off-cycle governorship elections in Bayelsa, lmo and Kogi States, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the resumption of collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for registered voters who could not collect their PVCs before the suspension of the exercise on 5th February 2023.
The current exercise only covers the three states where governorship elections will hold on Saturday 11th November 2023.
This was disclosed in a release signed by the National Commissioner & Chairman, Voter Education Committee Sam Olumekun on Tuesday 5th September, 2023 in Abuja.
According to the release, PVCs will be available for collection at all the local government area offices in the three aforementioned states: eight in Bayelsa, 27 in Imo, and 21 in Kogi.
In addition, the commission has created other designated centres with large number of uncollected PVCs. The details of all centres will be made available by the Resident Electoral Commissioners in the three states.
The Commission has earmarked week days (Monday – Friday) from 9.00am to 3.00pm for the collection of PVCs for a period of four weeks from 11th September – 9th October 2023.
Meanwhile, two Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) have been redeployed to other states. The REC for Edo State, Obo Effanga, takes over in Bayelsa State in view of the forthcoming off-cycle governorship election, while Professor Ayobami Salami moves to Lagos from Ekiti State. The two states are among those without RECs following the end of tenure of the last holders of the offices.
The Commission once again enjoins all political parties and candidates to conduct themselves peacefully and to avoid utterances and actions capable of causing a breach of public peace in their ongoing campaigns.