INEC says 14.5 million PVC of registered voters between 2017 and 2018 have been printed and ready for collection

The Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) of all 14.5
million registered voters between 2017 and
2018 have been printed and ready for
collection as well as all the PVCs of those
who requested for replacement and relocation
of their cards ahead of 2019 general elections,
had also been printed and ready for
collections.
Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, Chairman of the
Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC), disclosed this on Friday in Abuja after
the swearing-in of the new Secretary to the
Commission, Mrs Rose Oriaran-Anthony.
”The commission has printed all PVCs
for new registrants between April 27,
2017 and August 31, 2018. We have
also printed all the requests for
replacement of lost cards, all requests
for transfer and relocations.
The last batch that we printed are for
those who applied for transfer and
relocation, and those who applied for
replacement of damaged and defaced
cards. This will be delivered
immediately after the Christmas break.
So we are happy to say that all 14.5
million or so new registered voters
have their cards printed and delivered
to the states. So we are good to go on
that,” Yakubu said.
Yakubu, who also spoke on the ongoing strike
by the Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) and its implications on the 2019
general elections, said that the commission
would meet with union leaders in tertiary
institutions for a way forward.
The INEC Chairman said that the ongoing
strike was worrisome as the commission also
sourced some of its election ad hoc staff from
the tertiary institutions.
”The bulk of the ad hoc staff will be
drawn from the National Youth Service
Corps members but where there is
shortfall, and obviously there would be
shortfall, we rely on the universities.
Remember we also rely on the
universities to draw our collation and
returning officers. So the ongoing
strike is worrisome in case some of
them say because of the ongoing
strike they will not participate in the
elections.
But the ASUU has been good friend of
the commission and we intend to meet
with the President of the ASUU next
week so that we can discuss and iron
this out. We will also extend it to the
lecturers of polytechnics and colleges
of education so that we will meet with
the Academic Staff Union of
Polytechnics (ASUP) and Colleges of
Education Academic Staff Union
(COEASU) and all other unions in the
tertiary education sub-sectors,” the
chairman said.

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