The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) to newly registered voters would begin by the middle of May this year.
The Ebonyi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Godswill Obioma, disclosed this at a strategic security interactive meeting on Wednesday in Abakaliki, the state capital
The strategic meeting involved INEC officials, representatives of security agencies involved in the conduct of the election as well as the National Orientation Agency (NOA), and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Obioma said that the commission would commence the distribution of the PVCs to eligible electorate, who registered between 2017 and 2018.
He urged security officials, who were yet to register, to take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration to do so.
He further urged members of the security agencies, who transferred from other locations, wishing to transfer their cards to Ebonyi to approach any INEC office nearest to them.
Obioma warned against double registration and declared that anyone involved in the act would be disqualified and sanctioned.
“We have concluded arrangements for the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards to their owners and the exercise begins by mid-May and will involve those who registered between 2017 and 2018.
“We have begun early to plan for the 2019 elections and I want to assure you that we will do our best to eliminate factors that will compromise outcome, credibility and integrity of the elections,” Obioma said.