THE Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) may extend the deadline for collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), National Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu gave this indication on Thursday at the National Stakeholders’ Forum on the 2019 general elections in Abuja.
Nigerian Tribune checks revealed that the Commission had earlier given today, February 8 as the deadline.
Professor Yakubu said his Commission would take the decision to review the deadline after a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT to review the exercise. He said the meeting became necessary in view of genuine complaints from State with the highest number of unclaimed PVCs.
He assured the gathering of stakeholders that his Commission would not postpone the forthcoming elections, despite insinuations in certain quarters.
He said:” I want to assure stakeholders that INEC is prepared for the election. 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 correction 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 the fault of his or fault of hers.