Perhaps you were thinking the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections will make Independent National Electoral Commission extend the deadline for the collection of the Permanent Voters Card, the answer is NO.

INEC said that suspension on campaigns by political parties remains and that there will not be a continuation of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collection in spite of the postponement of elections dates by one week.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure while fielding questions at the commission’s meeting with stakeholders, on Saturday in Abuja.

Yakubu said that the deadline for the collection of PVCs and elections campaign by political parties according to election timetable has passed.

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“Campaign closed on Thursday, Feb. 14, and for the period that remain campaign remained closed.

“All the other process that remain in the main timetable remain closed including the collection of PVC, except the conduct of the elections,” he said.

On why the commission did not consult party leaders before adjusting the dates of the elections, Yakubu said that it was due to the urgency and that Section 36 of the Electoral Act empowered the commission to do so.

“We have to take a decision and communicate because polls were suppose to open at 8a.m. and we took the decision at 2a.m,” he said.

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