The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has extended the date for the collection of permanent voters card (PVC) due to the high number of cards yet to be collected. The earlier stated date is 8th February 2019. However, this extension would be carry out in all the 36 states in the country including the FCT.

The INEC boss said the state Residents Electoral Commissioners (REC) has been advised to meet with the Commissioners of Police in their respective assigned state on the deployment of police officers for proper security.

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He also added, “I want to assure stakeholders that INEC is prepared for the elections. Let me assure the stakeholders and the nation that Smart Card Readers will be deployed in the 2019 general elections. The next issue is Voter Register and Permanent Voter Cards. We have a lot of complaints from citizens, however the complaints are coming from those who have damaged their PVCs and require replacement as well as those who applied for transfer and relocation but the cards have not been found.

“Some of you will ask that the last day for the collection of PVCs is tomorrow which is Friday, the 8 of February. The Commission is going to meet today after this forum and the next meeting we are going to hold is with security agencies and where it is necessary we will review the arrangement for the collection of PVCs. No Nigerian is going to be disenfranchised for no fault of his or fault of hers.

On ad hoc staff, he said; “We have three categories of ad hoc staff; we have the supervisory presiding officers. We have the presiding officers and assistant presiding officers 1, 2 and 3. The third category are the collation and returning officers. Our State offices are responsible for the recruitment and training of the first two categories. We are satisfied with the processes and we are going to do refresher training before the election”.

The collection of PVCs has been extended till Monday 11th February 2019 which also includes the weekends.

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