By Philip Nwawunze, Abuja
September 5(Newshour.com.ng) – The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says in continuation of its preparations for the forthcoming off-cycle Governorship elections in Bayelsa, lmo and Kogi States, it has approved the resumption of collection of Permament Voter Cards (PVCs) for registered voters who could not collect their PVCs before the suspension of the exercise on 5th February 2023 ahead of the last General Election.
A statement signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, said the current exercise only covers the three States where Governorship elections will hold on Saturday 11th November 2023.
The statement noted, PVCs will be available for collection at all INEC’s Local Government area offices in the three States comprising eight in Bayelsa, 27 in Imo and 21 in Kogi.
It said in addition, the Commission has created other designated centres with large number of uncollected PVCs adding that details of all centres will be made available by the Resident Electoral Commissioners in the three States.
The Commission earmarked week days (Monday – Friday) from 9.00am to 3.00pm for the collection of PVCs for a period of four weeks from 11th September – 9th October, 2023.
Meanwhile, two Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) have been redeployed to other States.
The REC for Edo State, Mr. Obo Effanga, takes over in Bayelsa State in view of the forthcoming off-cycle Governorship election while Professor Ayobami Salami moves to Lagos from Ekiti State.
The two States are among those without RECs following the end of tenure of the last holders of the offices.
The Commission enjoined all political parties and candidates to conduct themselves peacefully and avoid utterances and actions capable of causing a breach of peace in their ongoing campaigns.