The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will from next week begin to distribute four million Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to those who registered in 2017.
INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who spoke at the INEC Campus Outreach on “Youth Votes Count’’ at the University of Abuja yesterday, said the PVCs would be delivered to states for onward distribution to the owners in the next few days.
“For the four million voters who registered between April and December 2017, all the cards have been printed and will be delivered to the state this weekend.
“So, by next week they will begin to collect their cards.
“For those who registered in first quarter of 2018 and those being captured in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), I assure you that your cards will be available ahead of the 2019 general elections.’’
He added that PVCs for newly-registered voters in Ekiti and Osun states would also be ready before the upcoming coming governorship elections in the states.
Yakubu disclosed that INEC had so far registered about eight million new voters in the CVR.
“We have registered about four million Nigerians in 2017; in the first quarter of 2018 we registered about 2.9 million and in the four weeks of the second quarter, as at yesterday (Wednesday), we registered about 1.1 million more.
“At the end of the exercise, we expect that about 11 million Nigerians will have been registered,’’ Yakubu said.