Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has today ordered the "decentralization" of on-going Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) distribution from local government to ward levels. The measure has been undertaken, the commission said today in a press release, in order to facilitate PVC distribution. 

Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman The commission also resolved to extend the period for the distribution of cards.

Read INEC's full press release below.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered the decentralisation of on-going distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to ward levels, in order to enhance access by persons yet to collect their cards.

Before now, the distribution was done at the local government offices of the Commission, since the end of distribution at the polling unit level. But distribution of the PVCs will henceforth be at ward level nationwide.

The Commission, at its meeting on Thursday, January 8th, 2015, resolved that the period for distribution of the cards should be extended. Registered voters who are yet to collect their cards can now do so from 8. 30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily.

Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu said Resident Electoral Commissioners have been mandated to set up effective monitoring strategies and ensure that the specified hours are strictly complied with by relevant INEC staff.

Kayode Robert Idowu
Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman  

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