#WHAT IS A PVC?
A Permanent Voter’s Card is issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at selected centers across Nigeria. It’s the only way you can vote at the polls in the forthcoming elections. You are eligible to get one if you’re Nigerian, 18 and above.
#HOW TO GET ONE:
- First, be sure you don’t have a valid voter registration from 2011. Check here to confirm your status.
- Registration days are Mondays to Fridays, 9 am to 3 pm. Public Holidays don’t count. Good advice is to take a day out of work or school to do this, you know how Naija works.
- Carry documents that say who you are; like an International Passport, Driver’s Licence or Birth Certificate (Not compulsory, but just in case).
- Find the nearest INEC registration center. Your Local Government Area office is a good place to start.
- After the registration process is complete, INEC will issue you a Temporary Voter’s Card (TVC) as a placeholder for when the permanent one will be ready.
- When your PVC is ready, you can use the TVC to claim it at your INEC LGA office after your name has been verified on the distribution list.
- Tell your friends and family how to get their PVCs.
You can transfer your existing registration to a new location so you can participate in upcoming elections. Be sure to check your status first before visiting the registration center close to where you will like to vote, there you’ll be required to fill a form, attach a photocopy of your Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and submit to the registration officer. You will be assigned to a polling unit in your constituency and a request will be sent to INEC’s office in Abuja to print a new card for you. INEC will announce when PVC’s are ready for pickup.
#LOST YOUR PVC?
If you’re can’t find your PVC, don’t worry about it because I won’t judge, Nigeria makes it very easy for you not to care enough. You should check your voter registration details here and write it out. If you registered to vote in the same state where you would like to move your registration to (i.e to a location closer to where you currently live) you would need to get an affidavit indicating the loss of your permanent voter’s card. You can get this done at an LGA office or any court. If you registered in a different state from the one you are moving your card to (e.g you registered to vote in Bayelsa but you now live in Kano), you don’t need to get an affidavit. Just take your voter’s registration details, visit the closest INEC office or CVR center and ask for your registration to be moved. You will be assigned to a polling unit in your constituency and a request will be sent to INEC’s office in Abuja to print a new card for you. Again, INEC will announce when PVC’s are ready for pickup.