The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun the distribution of over 33,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for newly registered voters in Lagos State ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Mr Olusegun Agbaje, the Resident Electoral Commissioner made this known on Wednesday in Lagos.
Agbaje told newsmen while handing over PVCs to registered voters at INEC offices in Somolu and Kosofe local government areas that the PVCs were for those who registered between June 2021 and Dec. 2021.
He urged the affected persons to approach INEC offices in the 20 local governments between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Friday to collect their PVCs.
According to him, there is no collection of a PVC by proxy, every applicant must appear physically to collect the card.
He said the Commission, in an effort to prevent the PVCs from falling into the wrong hands, would take the data and photographs of those collecting their PVCs.
“PVCs for registered voters in the state are ready and we have symbolically flagged off the distribution in Somolu and Kosofe.
“For those who registered between January 2022 and now, INEC will announce when they will collect theirs,” he said.
The INEC chief urged qualified residents to take part in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) at INEC offices before its expiration on June 30.
He said the PVCs of those who engage in double or multiple registrations would not be printed.
Responding to the need to decentralise the distribution of PVCs at the ward level, Agbaje appealed to voters to collect their cards at the INEC offices in each council.
“Voters need to make sacrifices by collecting their cards at the INEC offices.
“When INEC headquarters decides that we should take the PVCs to Wards, we will do so in Lagos,” he said.