PVC Collection: Saraki Reacts As INEC Extends Deadline, States Why

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for Permanent Voter Card (PVC) collection.

The
electoral body made this known in a statement signed by its chairman,
Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday. The statement was reproduced on its verified
twitter handle.

INEC said the decision was taken in order not to
disenfranchise Nigerians from exercising their constitutional right of
electing their preferred leaders.

“The Collection of PVCs
scheduled to end today Friday 8th February 2019 is hereby extended
Nationwide to Monday 11th February 2019. This will include Saturday and
Sunday,” the statement said.

“The collection of PVCs will now
take place from 9am to 6pm daily.All State offices are hereby directed
to review the procedure for the collection of PVCs and dedicate all the
staff of the Local Government offices to the collection process.

“Staff
are enjoined to be civil in attending to citizens and to escalate
issues that they cannot immediately resolve to their superiors.

“The
Commission wishes to reassure Nigerians that we will continue to take
every necessary step to ensure that no registered voter is
disenfranchised on account of non-collection of PVCs.

“Similarly,
the Commission is taking urgent steps to address complaints of
unavailability of the PVCs of some registered voters before the end the
deadline for the collection.

“We wish to reiterate that after the
deadline of Monday 11th February 2019, all uncollected PVCs will be
recalled and deposited with the CBN for safe-keeping until after the
General Elections when the collection of cards and the continuous
registration of voters will resume,” it added.

Meanwhile, Bukola
Saraki, Senate President has decribed the development as a great one
urging Nigerians to go out and collect their PVC

“INEC has just
announced that it will be extending the collection of #PVCs to Monday,
February 11th. This is a great development. Now, more young Nigerians
will be able to participate in the 2019 General Elections,” the top
lawmaker tweeted on Friday.

Source:- Politicstimesng