He said that there would be two teams of Distribution Officers per local goverment, adding that the officers would rotate the distribution of the PVCs in the RAs or from community to community, based on a schedule agreed upon by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and the stakeholders.
“The Resident Electoral Commissioners will provide contacts and telephone numbers where registered voters that have not collected their PVCs can call and make inquiries relating to the collection.
“The commission will send bulk short messages to the registered voters in the two states that have yet to collect their PVCs.
“The commission will also display the list of registered voters that have yet to collect their PVCs at the respective state and local government offices of the commission and at other designated public places,” he said.
Okoye added that the commission woild engage faith-based, professional, civil society and community-based organisations to create increased awareness for the collection of PVCs.
“A detailed breakdown of collected and uncollected PVCs for the states will be published at the end of the exercise,” he explained.
This, according to him, is in view of the fact that the commission now conducts nationwide Continuous Voter Registration(CVR) and the tight timelines and schedule for the conduct of activities relating to the state governorship elections.
“The commission appeals to all registered voters who have yet to collect their PVCs to avail themselves of the opportunity to do so during this window to enable them vote at the elections.
“This critical as INEC does not intend to entertain any extensions due to the tight statutory timelines that it is bound to adhere to,” he said.
He reminded political parties that in accordance with the revised Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election issued on May 16, the last day for the conduct of primaries and resolution of all matters or disputes arising therefrom is Sept 5.
He also said that the last day for the submission of lists of candidates and their Personal Particulars (INEC Forms CF001 and CF002) is Monday Sept. 9 at 6 pm at INEC Headquarters, Abuja.
“Parties are enjoined to ensure compliance with these timelines as no extension or late submission will be entertained,” he said.
Edited by Kayode Olaitan