The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) that were not collected by their owners before February 8 would be kept in ‘quarantine’ in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The Chairman of  Information and Voter Education Committee for INEC,  Festus Okoye, made the disclosure on Friday.

He said: “The reports from different states  indicate that many Nigerians have collected their Permanent Voters Cards.

"Most Nigerians are aware that the commission registered a total of 84,004,084 eligible voters. Out of this number 14,283,734 million were registered during the Continuous Voters’ Registration.

"The collection of PVCs is still on and will go on till February 8. 

"Thereafter,  the commission will recall all uncollected PVCs and  keep them in quarantine with  the Central Bank of Nigeria and they will remain there till the elections are over.”

Okoye added, “It is difficult to give the exact number of PVCs that have been collected so far. The collection of PVCs is still taking place in  the 774 local government areas.

"After the February 8, 2019 deadline, the commission will recall all uncollected PVCs and give an account of the number collected and the number yet to be collected.

"Nigerians will be informed about  the PVC collection data and the commission is committed to a transparent process.

"We urge Nigerians to approach INEC offices  in their LGAs and collect their PVCs".

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Asked how many PVCs were yet to be collected and what INEC was doing to address the situation, the INEC official said “the commission has insisted and will continue to insist that registered voters must collect their PVCs personally and there will not be collection by proxy.

"The commission printed  14, 283,734 million voter cards for new registrants and printed replacement cards for those that lost their voter cards and those whose cards are defaced".

He said that since INEC had a huge database of registered voters, the commission had done well in registering Nigerians.

“The law provides the period for those that want to change their polling units to do so."

The PVCs of these category of persons are different.

"They must comply with the provisions of the law before they will be cleared to move to new polling units.”