The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not extend the September 30, deadline for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Kogi and Bayelsa.
The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye said this on Monday in Abuja.
Okoye stressed that the commission had no reason to extend the deadline for the collection of the cards in the two states.
He said that enough time had been given to owners of uncollected cards to collect them and that the commission adopted measures to reach them for collection.
“We held market outreaches, we called some of the card owners on phone and we also sent out SMS to some of them.
“We approached community leaders in all those places, we also cascaded them to all the places we believe the owners of those PVCs are…So there is no reason whatsoever for extending the deadline for the collection of the PVCs.
“We have given people sufficient time to do that. We kept reminding them on daily basis and we were giving a countdown on the deadline in each of the states,” the commissioner stated.
Mr Okoye said; “We have also been informing Nigerians the number of PVCs collected and those yet to be collected.”
He said that INEC needed to close the collection to ascertain the number of cards that would be used during the November 16 elections in the two states.
Mr Okoye further said that the commission needed time to continue with its planning and other stages of the elections in both states.
“ When the collection is over, we will recall all uncollected PVCs and make a return to INEC state headquarters.
“Then the final figure of what was collected during the period and the uncollected will be made available to all political parties contesting these elections,’’ he said.