2019: INEC to extend PVC collection deadline

2019: INEC to extend PVC collection deadline

- The Independent National Electoral Commission has hinted that it may be extending the deadline for the collection of permanent voters cards

- Friday, February 8, was the earlier deadline for the collection of permanent voters cards

- The chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, gave the hint on Thursday, February

The possibility of extending the deadline for the collection of permanent voters cards has been disclosed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The disclosure was made in Abuja by the chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at the National Stakeholders' Forum on the 2019 general elections.

According to him, INEC will meet with resident electoral commissioners in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory to review the collection rate and take an appropriate decision, Vanguard reports.

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Legit.ng notes that Yakubu said: “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 November. 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, the INEC chairman 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.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the United States asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resist external pressure and intimidation in the forthcoming general elections scheduled for February 16 and March 2.

The United States’ secretary of state, Michael Pompeo, in a press statement, said that the forthcoming elections in Nigeria would be an opportunity for the country to solidify its democratic leadership in Africa.

Pompeo said: “The United States government supports a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful election that reflects the will of the Nigerian people."

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