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Why we have not made PVCs available – Yakubu

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THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday disclosed that the printing of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC) for new registrants was being delayed by its robust cleaning up of the voter’s register.

  Yakubu, INEC Chairman, disclosed this in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the five-day Induction Retreat for INEC’s National Commissioners in Lagos.

  According to him, the commission is encouraged by the response of citizens to the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, as it has recently devolved physical registration beyond the state and local government offices nationwide.

  “Millions of Nigerians have registered so far and we have been giving weekly updates of the progress of the exercise for the last nine months.

  “The commission is aware that new registrants, as well as those who applied for transfer or replacement of the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), will like to know when the cards will be available for collection.

  “The reason why we have not made the PVCs available is because of the robust system of cleaning up the registration to ensure that only genuine registrants are added to the voters register using the Automatic Bimodal Identification System (ABIS) for fingerprint and facial clean up.”

  The chairman said that INEC had completed the ABIS for the first and second quarter of the CVR, adding that the commission would meet next week and detailed dates and locations for the collection of PVCs would be announced.

  On the importance of the retreat, he said that the burden to conduct free, fair, credible, acceptable and inclusive elections was upon the commission, hence the need for each commissioner to be ethical and knowledgeable.

  Yakubu disclosed that INEC now had full complement of 12 National commissioners, adding that the retreat would enable the new commissioners learn a lot, especially with the coming to force of the new Electoral Act 2022.

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