As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) extends the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) till February 11, ahead of Saturday's presidential election, Nigerians have been reliving their experiences during the exercise.

While some commended INEC for the manner the exercise was carried out, others condemned the commission’s officials for poor handling, alleging that they were more interested in exploiting Nigerians than making the exercise hitch-free.

Some registered voters in Rivers State accused some staff of the commission of demanding bribes before issuing them their cards.

The figure of uncollected PVCs across Nigeria, according to INEC, is overwhelming.

The commission in Rivers State had explained that the number of uncollected PVCs in the state was standing at about 400,000 out of over 3.3 million registered voters.

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However, registered voters who spoke to Bounce News said they had not collected their PVCs because the staff of the commission request for bribes before handing them their cards.

They said that those who refused to pay were delayed and the process made difficult for prospective voters.

Many also complained of their inability to get their Permanent Voter Cards, despite having registered since.

They blamed the commission for misplacing their cards, adding that the commission had all the time to effect all the desired changes but failed.

In some of the collection centres visited by our correspondent, the complaints were the same; missing or misplaced cards or clumsy processes.

But the commission denied that its staff requested for bribes from voters.

Head of voters’ education of the commission, Edwin Enabor, said the commission was doing all it can to clear backlogs of uncollected PVC.

The commission is 80% ready to conduct free and fair elections in the state.

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