Abuja - The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) said it would commence the distribution of Permanent Voter
Card (PVC) to eligible voters in Kogi and Bayelsa on Friday.
Deputy Director of Publicity in the commission, Mr Nick Dazang, made this known
to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.
Dazang said that the exercise would commence Kogi on Friday and end on Nov.11,
and run from Nov. 13 to Nov. 19 in Bayelsa.
He said that the distribution would take place at ward level and would be for
only registered voters, running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
"The distribution of PVCs is for voters whose biometric was captured during
the just-concluded Continues Voter Registration (CVR) by INEC in the two
"It is also opened to those who registered before but are yet to collect their
PVCs,’’ Dazang said.
He therefore urged registered voters in both states, who were yet to collect
their PVCs, to use the opportunity to do so before the election date.
He stressed that nobody would be allowed to vote without PVCs.
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"We also call on our stakeholders, including the political parties, media and
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to sensitise people to the exercise in the
"There is the need for eligible voters to collect their cards as well as
participate fully in the elections.
"On the part of INEC, we are putting in place all the machinery to educate the
people on the collection date, and every other thing expected of them before,
during and after the election,’’ Dazang said.
He restated that collection of PVC was free, warning that it was criminal for
anybody to ask for money before given out PVC.
"Members of the public should take note of any of our staff that asks for
money and report such to the commission for appropriate punishment,’’ he
Dazang assured that the commission would conduct free and credible election in
both states as well as provide a level playing ground to all political parties
participating in the elections.