The deadline for collecting Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) has been extended by another week by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner of INEC and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, announced that the PVC collecting, which was previously planned to stop on January 29th, will now continue through February 5th.

Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, had stated on Friday that the topic of the ongoing collecting of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in its 774 Local Government Offices nationwide will be discussed at his meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

“Arising from reports from the various States and discussions with Resident Electoral Commissioners, the Commission has decided to further extend PVC collection in all its Local Government Offices nationwide by an additional one week,” Mr Okoye said.

“Collection period has further been extended by an additional two hours and will start at 9am and end at 5pm daily including Saturdays and Sundays.”

“The Commission will continue to act on all reported cases of sharp practices during the ongoing PVC collection and will ensure that no Nigerian is disadvantaged and all those that carried out valid registration have an opportunity of collecting their PVCs,” he added.

“The Commission once again salutes the patience and doggedness of citizens.”