87m PVCs collected, Lagos leads with 6.2m, says INEC


By Aaron Ossai

Countdown to Saturday February 25, 2023 presidential election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has said that 87,209,007 Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVCs have been collected nationwide.

Briefing newsmen at the Commission’s Collation Center situated at the International Conference Center, ICC, Abuja yesterday, the Commission’s Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said the Commission had initially fixed December 12, 2022 to January 22, 2023 for the collection of the PVCs in all local government areas across the country while it extended the deadline till January 29 and again till February 5, 2023.

He said while the Commission is pleased that the rate of collection is higher than in previous years, there are still many PVCs uncollected.

According to data distributed to journalists, out of 93,469,008 registered voters in Nigeria, 93.3 percent have collected their PVCs.

However, 6,259,229 cards — representing 6.7 percent of PVCs — remain uncollected.

The data also shows that Lagos leads in the number of collected PVCs with 6,214,970, followed by Kano with 5,594,193, and Kaduna with 4,164, 473.

Meanwhile, the states with the highest number of uncollected PVCs include Lagos – 845,225, Oyo – 515,254, and Ogun – 410,281.