Don’t Just Pray And Wail, Get Your PVC
With barely less than 229 days to the commencement of the 2019 General Elections – a period of time when Nigerians are granted the “juicy prerogative” to elect new leaders or unseat incumbent rulers – the need to acquire the weapon to “choose your pick” has become very imperative.
While we have been getting lots of questions in recent weeks as to where and how to register to get the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC), it is saddening that some Nigerians are yet to grasp the full power of the Voter’s card.
The Permanent Voters Card (PVC) or Voter’s card is a registration card a voter obtains at the registration centre where he/she was registered as a voter. The card is used to identify citizens who can vote at an election.
While the country has been caught in the web of wanton killings, corruption, terrorism and poor governance among others, it is necessary for Nigerians to understand that to have a voice in whoever that takes over leadership in the country for the next four years (as from 2019) – from councillors to the president, they definitely must get their PVCs so as to vote their preferred candidates – who will either take them to the promise land or doom.
Who is qualified to have a Voter’s Card?
- He/she is a Nigerian citizen
- He/she is 18 years and above
- He/she is ordinarily resident in the ward or LGA where he intends to vote
- He/she is not subject to any legal incapacity to vote under any law, rules, regulations in force in Nigeria
FEATURES OF VOTER’S CARD
- The Voter’s name
- The name of the state the voter is registered in
- The name of the LGA
- The Registration Area/Centre and code
- The voter’s Identification number
WHERE CAN A PERSON REGISTER?
- A person can register only once
- At the ward or LGA where he: resides; or works in gainful employement or originates (ie an indigene)
For those who don’t have the PVC, here are the simple steps to acquiring it before the registration period ends:
1. All you have to do, as long as you’re a Nigerian above the age 18, is to show up at the nearest INEC LGA office with a valid means of identification like a birth certificate, a driver’s licence, national passport, or any other document that can prove identity, age and nationality. The exercise runs between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
2. As soon as you’re done with the registration process, INEC will issue you a Temporary Voter’s Card (TVC) as a placeholder for when the permanent one will be ready.
3. When your PVC is ready, you can use the TVC to claim it at your INEC LGA office after your name has been verified on the distribution list.
You can verify your PVC status by checking if your name has been added to the voters’ register by checking the “Voter Register Verification Platform” on the INEC website.
Remember to register at the centre nearest to your home, so it’s easy for you to vote during Election Day.
INEC had said:
“Temporary Voters Card (TVCs) will be issued to registrants at the point of registration, while the PVCs of those registered in Quarter 1 (Q1) should be ready for collection in Quarter 3 (Q3), and Quarter 2 (Q2) will be ready in Quarter 4 (Q4) etc.”
“The last week of each quarter will be for display, hearing the Claims and Objections and housekeeping (Data backup, Consolidation, Reporting etc).”
p align=”justify”>This is after the Commission had released guidelines and schedule of activities in preparation for the 2019 general elections.
Meanwhile, the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise will be suspended in December 2018, 60 days before the commencement of the election.
Registration Area Centres Nation Wide
Bear in mind that your vote is your voice. It is the only way to ensure whoever you want representing you does represent you. Kindly share and retweet this piece so as to encourage others to get their PVCs if they haven’t done that already.
God bless Nigeria!!!
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