Abuja – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would commence the distribution of Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to eligible voters in Kogi and Bayelsa on Friday.
Deputy Director of Publicity in the commission, Mr Nick Dazang, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.
Dazang said that the exercise would commence Kogi on Friday and end on Nov.11, and run from Nov. 13 to Nov. 19 in Bayelsa.
He said that the distribution would take place at ward level and would be for only registered voters, running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
“The distribution of PVCs is for voters whose biometric was captured during the just-concluded Continues Voter Registration (CVR) by INEC in the two states.
“It is also opened to those who registered before but are yet to collect their PVCs,’’ Dazang said.
He therefore urged registered voters in both states, who were yet to collect their PVCs, to use the opportunity to do so before the election date.
He stressed that nobody would be allowed to vote without PVCs.
“We also call on our stakeholders, including the political parties, media and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to sensitise people to the exercise in the two states.
‘’There is the need for eligible voters to collect their cards as well as participate fully in the elections.
“On the part of INEC, we are putting in place all the machinery to educate the people on the collection date, and every other thing expected of them before, during and after the election,’’ Dazang said.
He restated that collection of PVC was free, warning that it was criminal for anybody to ask for money before given out PVC.
“Members of the public should take note of any of our staff that asks for money and report such to the commission for appropriate punishment,’’ he advised.
Dazang assured that the commission would conduct free and credible election in both states as well as provide a level playing ground to all political parties participating in the elections. (NAN)