The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured eligible Nigerians who registered in the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, that they will get their Permanent Voters Card PVCs by October.
According to a statement released on Monday, in Abuja by the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, he said several double, multiple, and ineligible registrants had also been detected and invalidated.
He said the entries included those that failed to meet the Commission’s business rules.
“The Commission takes this responsibility seriously because a credible register is at the heart of electoral integrity,” he stated.
Okoye added that as soon as the process was concluded, the commission would provide the public with full information as usual.
“Thereafter, valid registrants will be added to the existing national register of voters before publishing same nationwide for scrutiny, claims, and objections by citizens as required by section 19 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022,” he said.
He also said the clean-up of the register of voters using the Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS was ongoing, since the suspension of the CVR on 31st July 2022.
“We reassure Nigerians that a thorough process is being undertaken to clean up the registration data. Similarly, Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all valid registrants will be available for collection by the end of October/early November as promised,” he said.
“The ABIS for the period – 15th January to 31st July 2022 is almost completed” he added.
Earlier, the Commission had informed Nigerians that out of the 2,523,458 fresh registrants who registered between 28th June 2021 and 14th January 2022, 1,126,359 records were found to be invalid and consequently delisted.