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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will commence the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) today.
As a result, the commission has called on every registered voter in the 10 states under first phase of the exercise to visit the polling units where they previously registered to ascertain their registration status.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC, Kayode Idowu, the commission said the distribution of PVCs will last till May 25 in the following states:- Taraba, Gombe, Zamfara, Kebbi, Benue, Kogi, Abia, Enugu, Akwa-Ibom and Bayelsa.
The statement further said: "Persons whose data have been appropriately captured will be handed their PVCs at the polling units in accordance with set procedures.
"Those with defective data, for whom PVCs have not been produced, will have the opportunity to re-register during the Continuous Voters's Registration (CVR) that will hold from May 28 to June 1.
"There will be a display of the valid register of voters at the polling units where the PVCs will be distributed. It is therefore important for every voter to visit his or her polling unit from tomorrow (today) to May 25 to ascertain his or her registration status; contrary to suggestions that persons in so-called ‘zero polling units’ need not show up.
"The CVR is for the following categories of people:- Persons who turned 18 years after the last registration, persons who were 18 years at the time but did not present themselves for registration and Persons whose data were not adequately captured previously and for whom PVCs have not been produced.”
For avoidance of doubt, INEC has said the exercise is not for everyone, including people wishing to transfer their registration data from where they previously registered.
The commission has particularly urged persons in category (iii) above to be calm and re-present themselves for registration during the CVR, to have their status regularised.