The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says over 72 million Nigerians collected their permanent voter cards (PVCs) ahead of the 2019 elections.

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the commission, announced this at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the 72.7 million Nigerians who have collected their PVCs represent 86.3 percent of the over 84 million registered voters in the country .

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Yakubu revealed that over 11m Nigerians failed to collect their PVCs.

He added that all uncollected PVCs have been deposited the the state offices of Central Bank of Nigeria

The commission had said the total number of registered voters in the country stand at 84,004,084 — just 42 percent of Nigeria’s population which currently stands at 198 million.

As of the last general election in 2015, 54 million eligible voters collected their PVCs.

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