All the states under the control of the All Progressives Congress, APC, will declare two days as work-free to enable voters collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC), the party said Friday.
Speaking at the party’s Presidential Campaign rally in Lagos, Segun Oni, former Ekiti State governor, said that the work-free days would be before February 10.
“This is to enable people who have not taken their permanent voters’ cards to do so,” said Mr. Oni, APC’s Deputy Chairman, South.
The 14 states currently under the control of the APC include Lagos, Edo, Rivers, Imo, Osun, Sokoto, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Kano, Kwara, Borno, Ogun, Oyo, and Yobe States.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is yet to officially extend the January 31st deadline for the distribution of PVCs.
There have been reports that the Commission had moved the deadline for the distribution of the PVCs to February 13.
But speaking to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, Jacob Jatau, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, said an extension till the eve of the presidential election “was impracticable”.
“Though it is not for me to take a position on the extension of the distribution of the PVC till the election eve, if you look at the logistics involved in preparing for election you will realize that it is not possible,” said Mr. Jatau.
“But as I have said, if we look at the level of collection of the PVCs, it is most likely that we will extend the distribution till first week of February.”
On Tuesday, the electoral body had announced that it had distributed over 42.77 million PVCs to eligible voters across the country, out of a total number of 68.8 million registered voters.