THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, extended the deadline for collection of permanent voter cards (PVCs) till February 8.
Condemnations had trailed the distribution of the cards, with various parties and groups calling on the INEC to shift the election dates.
The commission, in a statement in Abuja, on Sunday, which was made available to newsmen by Mr Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to its chairman, said the extension became necessary in order to give registered voters who were yet to collect their PVCs the opportunity to do so, in readiness for the election.
Amidst concerns over the distribution of the PVCs, which culminated in agitations for the postponement of the general election, INEC had, last week, declared that 43 million PVCs had been distributed so far, out of the 68 million cards billed to be distributed to eligible voters.
However, while 26 million PVCs were yet to be collected, the percentage of collected PVCs is now 62.15.
INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, had also stated that if necessary, the commission would continue to distribute PVCs on the eve of elections.
But Idowu, in the statement, said “INEC hereby calls on duly registered persons not to delay in going to collect their cards before the expiration of the new deadline.”
According to him, “the commission reaffirms its determination to make the 2015 elections free, fair, credible and peaceful; and urges all stakeholders, including voters, to spare no effort in working towards the same objective.”