Scores of residents of Oyo State, who are yet to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs), on Monday, besieged various offices of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collect their PVCs.
They were seen at INEC offices in some of the local government areas visited on Monday.
It was gathered that INEC in Oyo State recently released the guidelines published by INEC Headquarters for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for those that got registered this year, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the State, Dr. Adeniran Rahman Tella, noted that the Commission fixed Monday 12th December 2022 to Sunday 22nd January 2023 as the dates for the collection of PVCs in all the 33 INEC Local Government Area offices in the state.
Tella stated further that INEC resolved to devolve these PVCs’ collection to 351 Registration Areas/Wards from Friday 6th to Sunday 13th January 2023.
He added that all eligible and valid registrants can also collect their PVCs from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily including Saturday and Sundays.
Tella also informed that another batch of the updated, transferred reprinted PVCs for those that participated in this year suspended Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) are already available for collection at all the 33 INEC local government offices.
Our correspondent who went round some of the INEC offices in Ibadan observed that some prospective voters on Monday thronged the INEC offices to collect the PVCs.
Some of those who did transfer also used the opportunity to collect the new ones.
It was also observed that some of those whose PVCs are not ready were told to come back.
While some of the prospective voters were told to come back at the end of December, others were told to come back in January.
Some of the INEC offices visited included those within the premises of Ibadan North West local government area in Onireke.
Others are INEC offices in Ibadan North located within the premises of Ibadan North local government secretariat in Agodi gate.