With the 2023 General Election approaching, now is a good time to discuss PVC (Permanent Voters Card). Have you obtained your PVC? If you answered yes, make sure you exercise your civic duty by voting.
Some people may believe they will be unable to vote because they registered their PVC in one state but currently reside in another. There is no need to panic if you fall into this category because you can easily transfer your PVC from one state to another in 5 simple steps.
In this article, we will look at how to transfer PVC as well as other useful information.
What’s a PVC ?
PVC is the Permanent Voters Card which is issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to every registered voter in Nigeria. The PVC contains the name, photograph, and other personal details of the voter. It is used to verify the identity of the voter at the polling station.
In order to vote in the general election, you must be registered with INEC and have your PVC. You can register to vote at your local INEC office or online. To register online, you will need to provide your full name, date of birth, address, and other personal details. Once you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation email. You will then be able to collect your PVC from your local INEC office.
When voting, you will need to present your PVC at the polling station. The presiding officer will verify your identity and then give you a ballot paper. You will then cast your vote in private and put your ballot paper in the ballot box.
How To Transfer Your PVC From One State To Another
According to INEC’s official website, the following are step-by-step instructions for transferring PVC from one state to another.
STEP 1: The first step is to apply via your Electoral Officer to INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state where you currently live.
Ensure your current address and phone number in your application so that INEC can locate the polling unit closest to you and contact you if necessary.
STEP 2: Make a photocopy of your Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and submit it to the nearest registration center.
You must apply to your Resident Electoral Commissioner at least 60 days before the election.
STEP 3: If the Resident Electoral Commissioner is pleased with your application, he or she will approve it and give instructions for your information to be switched to his or her new location.
STEP 4: You will be designated to the polling unit closest to your new location, and your applicant’s registration and details will be removed from the voter register in your previous location.
STEP 5: You will be issued a new Permanent Voter’s Card at the registration center where you submitted your application or at any other specified location by the Commission, while the old one will be withdrawn.
When the PVCs are ready, you will be notified by phone or SMS to come pick up the new PVC in person. It is not permitted to send a family member or a friend to assist you in collecting it.
Who is Eligible to Transfer PVC From One State to Another?
You can only transfer your PVC from one state to another if you have moved out of the unit in which you registered and are unable to vote in your new location.
Reasons Why You Should Vote in The Upcoming Election
The right to vote is one of the most important aspects of living in a democracy. Voting allows everyone to have a say in how their country is run and who represents them. It’s important to exercise this right, especially during presidential elections. Here are four reasons why you should make sure to vote during the upcoming election:
1. Every vote counts.
In a close election, every vote can make a difference. If everyone who is eligible to vote actually does vote, it could swing the outcome of the election. So, if you want your voice to be heard, make sure to cast your ballot.
2. Voting is your civic duty.
As an Nigerian citizen, it’s your responsibility to participate in the democratic process by voting. If you don’t vote, you’re essentially giving up your right to have a say in how your country is run. Don’t let that happen – get out and vote!
3. It’s a means of participating in democracy
Voting is one of the most important ways to participate in our democracy. It’s a way to have a say in who represents us and what policies they pursue.
4. You can hold elected officials accountable
Voting is a way to hold elected officials accountable. If you don’t like the way they’re doing things, voting them out of office is one way to send a message.
5. Your vote is your voice
Voting gives you a voice on the issues that matter to you. By voting, you can help shape the direction of our country on everything from taxes and spending to social issues and foreign policy.
The presidential election is one of the most important elections in Nigeria. The president is the leader of the country and the person who makes decisions that affect everyone. It’s important to choose the right person for the job, and voting is the best way to do that.
If you will be unable to vote because you registered your PVC in your previous location, follow the steps outlined above to transfer your PVC to your current location.
By voting, you have the power to elect the leader of your country and help shape its future. If you don’t vote, you are essentially giving up your say in how your country is run. So make sure to exercise your right to vote during the next presidential election!