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INEC trains officials on collection of PVCs

Updated: Dec 23, 2022

cIn the build-up to the 2023 general election, the Electoral Institute (TEI) has organised a one-day training-of-trainers workshop at the institute’s auditorium for trainers that involves training on Collection of of Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

A statement by INEC’s Director of Publicity stated the exercise would hold on 22nd December, 2022, in line with section 16 and 47 of the 2022 Electoral Act.

The trainers comprised TEI and headquarters trainers, as well as State Training Officers (STOs) and Assistant State Training Officers (ASTOs) who joined the ToT via zoom.

In his welcome remarks, the Director General of the Institute, Dr Sa’ad Umar Idris, stressed that the TOT was designed to sharpen skill sets, increase self-confidence and equip trainers to efficiently step down the training at state and LGA levels, especially, for the issuance officers at local government and registration area levels.

He emphasised that the commission in its effort and commitment to doing everything possible to continue to raise the bar higher to ensure the conduct of free, fair, credible and inclusive elections, needed to ensure that the collection of permanent voters cards was done in line with laid down processes and procedures and be publicized as much as possible.

The DG noted that the Voter Registry Department in collaboration with the state offices would print the collection list to be signed by registered Voters and Collection Register (2011 till date) for display at the Local Government/Area Council Offices nationwide using the commission staff for the exercise supported by National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members from the locality.

He restated that there will be two (2) Issuance Officers at the RA Level and as many as possible at the Local Government Level which is on going.

The DG concluded by stating that the TOT was therefore a critical activity that required both Trainers and Trainees to exhibit every sense of diligence and willingness to learn the technicalities and functions professionally.

In his opening speech, the Chairman, Board of the Electoral Institute (BEI), Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, represented by DG, TEI, reminded trainers that the Electoral Act 2022 in Section 16 and 47 mandated the commission to, distribute PVCs before a general election at Local Government/Area Councils and Registration Areas and publish on its official website or any website for voters to check the status of their PVCs.

He observed that registered citizens, therefore had a way to verify their PVC details on the website before going to the collection centre.

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