The Independent National Electoral Commission has extended the collection of the Permanent Voter Cards in Plateau State by three days or 72 hours. The Deputy Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Osaretin Imahiyereobo, told our correspondent in Jos on Monday that the action was to enable those who have not collected their PVCs to do so. He said that the commission received more cards last week, a situation he said made it imperative to extend the collection in the state.
Imahiyereobo said that the commission was set to go for the election on Saturday, as all the card reader machines have been fully and completely charged and would be moved to all the local governments by Monday.
According to him, the commission has trained technical ad hoc staff to man the machines while all the collation and returning officers were being trained at the University of Jos on what to do during and after the election.
The INEC spokesman said that nobody else can use the card reader machines, except those who have the password. He said that adequate arrangements have been made for the starter of all INEC materials before they were deployed to use, adding that the electoral materials were being sorted out at the Jos branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria where all the sensitive materials were received. Meanwhile, it was a chaotic situation when our correspondent visited the INEC office, along Zaria Road in Jos North. A sea of human heads were all gathered waiting and struggling to get their PVCs.