The Independent National Electoral Commission, had announced that FCT residents can begin collection of their Permanent Voter Cards, as distribution begins on Monday, December 12.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC-FCT, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, at a news conference on the collection of PVCs in Abuja, on Friday, announce that the INEC offices would be opened from 9a.m to 3 p.m daily for the collection of PVCs.
He stated, “Having successfully conducted the nationwide display of preliminary voters register, the commission has approved the collection of PVCs from Dec. 12, to January 22, 2023.
“This exercise will be done at the Local Government Area offices nationwide.
“The commission also resolved to devolve PVC collection to the 8,809 registration areas/wards, from Friday Jan. 6 to Jan.15, 2023.
“Those that are unable to collect their PVCs at the wards during that time can do so at the Area Councils from Jan. 15 to Jan.22, 2023,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that, Bello added, that the PVCs of the FCT residents were already at the Area Council Offices, and were being sorted and arranged according to polling units for easy and hitch free collection.
He also listed the area councils where these PVC collection would take place, they are: Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada ,Kwali ,Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Council.
While disclosing that collection at all the other area councils would be done in just one place, which is at the INEC office, and that only AMAC, would have two centres which are at Karu and the FCT INEC office Area 10 office, the INEC REC also explained that there are two Karu close to each other, one being in Abuja, and the other in Nassarawa, he, therefore, advised those who live in the Karu in Nassarawa not to mistakenly come to Abuja.
Voters were also enjoined to first of all check the list posted by INEC, to confirm their names before joining the queue to avoid unnecessary confusion.
He said those that had lost the slips given to them could still collect their PVCs, as long as they can identify their names on the list, and the office could identify their pictures on the PVC.
Bello warned of the consequence of double registration, emphasizing that the commission cleaned its register and fished out such people, who would initially not be issued any PVCs and subsequently punished by the law.