The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it will resume the distribution of 11,228,582 uncollected permanent voter cards (PVCs) this month.
Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, made this known during an interview with newsmen.
He also noted that all the uncollected PVCs were still locked up at the Central Bank of Nigeria as promised by the Commission until after the elections.
“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.”
Speaking on PVCs destroyed at the INEC office in Qua’an Pan LGA, Plateau State few days before the elections began, the INEC commissioner said the cards had been reproduced for all the voters who submitted their names for new PVCs.