The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River has devolved the ongoing collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from its Local Government Area (LGA) Offices to the 193 wards in the state.
A statement by the state Head of the Voter Education and Publicity Department, Mrs. Anthonia Nwobi said the commission had on December 12, 2022, begun the collection of PVCs at its LGA Offices, a process that would run till January 22, 2023.
According to the statement, the devolvement of PVC collection to the 193 registration areas or wards in Cross River, would last from January 6 to 15.
It further added that the exercise became necessary to enable persons unable to collect their PVCs at the LGA Offices of the commission to do so in their wards.
“Consequent upon the ongoing collection of PVCs in all the INEC LGA Offices in Cross River State, the general public is hereby informed that the commission has devolved PVC collection to all the 193 wards in the state.
“After January 15 that is from Monday, January 16 the exercise will revert to the 18 INEC LGA Offices in Cross River until Sunday, January 22.”
The statement also called on eligible and valid registrants yet to collect their PVCs, including persons who applied for transfer or replacement of their cards to visit their wards between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Sunday to collect their cards, adding that collection by proxy would not be allowed, while reiterating that the last day for PVC collection would be Jan. 22, adding that no one without PVC would be allowed to vote.