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PVCs are permanent, without expiration, INEC speaks on double registration

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are permanent cards without expiration.

The Commission made this claim as it discourages double registration by some Nigerians.

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The Enugu INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Fr Emeka Ononamadu, said this on Thursday, while speaking on the status of PVCs during an interactive session with journalists.

In his words, “The commission does not understand where such wrong and misleading information on PVCs’ expiration is coming from.

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“We have always made it clear that our PVCs are permanent and without any expiration or invalid date.”

The REC said double or multiple registrations have been recorded as a result of misleading information, leading to overcrowding and pressure on the commission’s resources for the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

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“The commission has regularly notified citizens that PVCs do not expire, hence there is no need for those who registered before to repeat the process or crowd the CVR centres.

“Any rumour that PVCs of those that registered from 2011 had expired is false and should be disregarded,” he said.

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Ononamadu added that the commission had created over 50 voters’ status update points to discourage double or multiple registrations.

“This is above the national average of 44.6 per cent.

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“We have embarked on renewed sensitisation to discourage citizens from engaging in double/multiple registrations.

“The essence is to save the time required for fresh registrants to register and avoid waste of scarce public resources,” Mr Ononamadu said.

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