Festus Okoye, a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said the electoral umpire would continue the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) soon.
Speaking on Tuesday, Okoye, who is also Chairman of Information and Voter Education of INEC, said the issuance of the cards would commence after the supplementary elections to be conducted in Rivers State later this month.
He said the commission would meet after the conclusion of the Rivers polls to decide on the date which the exercise would commence, as well as the start of the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR).
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He noted that all the uncollected PVCs are safe, stating that they are still in the vaults of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Okoye said: “All the uncollected PVCs are still locked up because we promised to resume after the elections and, so far, we have concluded some of the elections. The last bit of elections will be done in Rivers State this weekend.
“Immediately after we are sure we have concluded some of these elections, the collection of PVCs will resume.
“So, we will soon resume distribution of PVCs, but they are still with the central bank.
“The continuous voter registration and collection of PVCs are done at the local government level.
“So, what the commission will do is just to give an indication on when collection can resume, but we have not given that indication yet.
“We are still busy with elections. But I am sure that within this month, definitely, the commission will set a date when collection of PVCs will resume.”
Okoye also confirmed that PVCs which were destroyed at the INEC office in Qua’an Pan LGA, Plateau State few days before the elections began had been reproduced for all the voters who submitted their names for new PVCs.
INEC had stopped the distribution of PVCs on February 11, ahead of the 2019 general elections.