Prior to the presidential and national assembly elections, Nigerians were in a race against time on Wednesday as the final deadline for obtaining their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) drew nearer. The PVC serves as proof of identity for the next general elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria announced a window in December for the final round of voters card collection prior to the elections.
Young Nigerians are increasingly requesting voter cards ahead of the elections, according to the INEC.
It also released a statement informing eligible voters that current round of PVC collections would end on January 22 and that they would not be permitted to cast ballots in the upcoming election without their cards.
Election officials raised alarm about the millions of unused voter cards around the nation in December.
Over six million Nigerians had not yet received their cards, according to the INEC.
Nigerians have criticised the INEC for the way it handled the card distribution.
Damilola Adelowo, a lawyer, claimed she received an email telling her that her card was available for pickup, but after two hours of waiting in line, she was informed that it had been “omitted.”
The most populous nation in Africa will hold presidential and national assembly elections on February 25.
The most populous nation in Africa will hold presidential and national assembly elections on February 25. On March 11, there will be elections for governor and state assemblies.