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How to Collect your Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) in Nigeria

Nigeria’s general elections begin on February 25, 2023, and this article explains everything you need to know about collecting your Permanent Voters’ Card PVC) in Nigeria.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced earlier that the commencement of the distribution and collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to registrants at the 8,809 electoral wards across Nigeria would begin on Friday, January 6, 2023. PVCs issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must be presented by voters on election day in order to vote in the 2023 election. This article explains everything you need to know about collecting PVC in Nigeria.

Steps to Collecting your Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) in Nigeria

  1. Visit the LGA office or ward assigned to you with your registration slip issued after the successful completion of your registration to be used to collect your PVC
  2. For registered voters who misplaced or lost their slip, you can show the INEC staff a picture of the slip on your phone to collect your PVC.
  3. Registered voters can collect their PVC with any means of identification if they have lost the slip issued at the registration point

NOTE: Irrespective of where you registered, PVC collection is at the LGA where your polling (voting) unit falls within.

How to get your PVC in Nigeria at Ward Level

INEC is preparing to conduct the 2023 elections in February and has brought PVCs closer to Nigerians

  • Check your registration slip for the local Government assigned to
  • Check your delimitation number on your registration slip. The last 5 digits would direct you to the ward for the collection of PVC. For example, in a delimitation number of 24-10-01-018, 01 is your ward code
Steps to Collecting your Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) at ward level in Nigeria
Image credit: instagram.com/@thenaturalomotayo

According to an Instagram post by Omotayo, she said “the red line indicates the local government you have been assigned to. For example, mine says “Ifako-Ijaiye” so I went to Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government office and was directed to the school beside their office to collect my PVC.

The yellow line is NOT a date. I thought it was a date too but it isn’t. The last 5 digits would direct you to the ward you are to go to when you get to the LGA. I was assigned to ward “01” and my PVC was in “018” boxes. She concluded.

Remember, the collection date for PVC at the registration or ward level started on Friday the 6th and ends on Sunday the 22nd of January 2023.

List of Permanent Voters’ Card Ward collection Centers in Nigeria

Click the link here for full details on the names and locations of the registration areas (or wards) for the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) in the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory.

  • For registered voters residing in Ondo state, click here
  • Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, click here
  • Click here for designated centres of the 245 ward for PVC collection in Lagos state
  • Click here for River state ward addresses for PVC collection
  • If you are in Umuahia South of Abia state, check out the list of INEC PVC collection centres here.

How to Locate the PVC Collection Center in your Registration Area or Ward Level

The Independent National Electoral Commission has further simplified the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards at the Ward level.

Registered voters can simply text the name of their state, Local Government Area (LGA) and ward to 09062830860 or 09062830861 to locate the address of the PVC collection centre. For instance, ( Lagos Oshodi Shogunle ) to any of the two dedicated numbers. Kindly note that this is not a fee service and SMS rates apply.

How to Locate the PVC Collection Center in your Registration Area or Ward Level

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Nigerians are eager to vote for their preferred candidates for different national political offices. The following are some of the frequently asked questions to help you during the PVC collection process.

What is the website for INEC registration portal?

INEC official website for PVC registration is www.cvr.inecnigeria.org

What is the date for the 2023 general elections in Nigeria?

  • The Presidential & National Assembly Election will hold on February 25, 2023
  • Governorship & State House of Assembly Elections are slated for March 11, 2023
Image credit: GoVote Nigeria

When is the PVC collection date?

Voters can collect their PVCs between 9 A.M and 3 P.M every day, including Saturdays and Sundays between 12 December and 29 January 2023. The devolution of PVC collection to the wards commenced on Friday, January 6 2023 and after January 22, the exercise will revert to the Local Government Offices of the Commission until January 29.

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Extension of timeframe for collection of PVC by INEC

How to check the voter’s identification number (VIN) on your PVC?

Check the image below for key information in your PVC and how to identify your voter’s identification number (VIN).

Image credit: GoVote Nigeria

How to Verify Your INEC Voter Registration Details?

Verifying your INEC voter registration details is a criterion to find out if you are eligible to vote in the upcoming elections. There are two platforms to check your voter’s registration status:

  • Send a text message in this format; state (space), last name (space), and last five digits of your voter’s identification number (VIN) to the INEC number (+2348171646879). For example Niger (space) Olayinka (space) 01234
  • Visit https://voters.inecnigeria.org/ to check your voter status on the website. You can check with your name and date of birth or VIN.

What do I need to have to collect my PVC?

Present your registration slip issued to you by INEC after the successful completion of your registration or Temporary Voter’s Card (TVC) to the INEC Officials at the State/LGA office or ward level to collect your PVC.

Can a person register or pick up Permanent Voters’ Card for someone else?

Collection of PVC by proxy is not allowed. Each person intending to pick up their PVC must appear at the collection point in person.

Where can I get my PVC in Lagos?

Registered voters can collect their PVC at INEC LGA office or visit the ward centres in Lagos state. Click the link here or scan the QR code for addresses. 

You might also be interested in this article: How to retrieve and link your National Identity Number (NIN) with Airtel, MTN, Glo & 9mobile network

Where to collect Permanent Voters' Cards in Lagos
Image Credit: INEC Lagos

How to locate your Polling Unit via GoVote Official Website?

There are 176,974 polling units in Nigeria. To find the polling unit in your state and local government area click the link here. Select your state and LGA to view the polling units.

Can a person vote with his/her Permanent Voters’ Card upon relocation to another place?

According to INEC, any person that relocates to another state or place outside the polling unit registered cannot vote in the new location unless he/she transfers his/her registration. Vote transfer on the INEC portal at www.cvr.inecnigeria.org is closed till after the 2023 general election.

Can a person with a disability vote in the upcoming election?

Yes. Every Nigerian citizen, 18 years and above, including people living with any form of disability, is entitled to vote.

When is the expiration date for Permanent Voters’ Cards?

Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) issued by INEC do not have an expiration date.

In summary, all PVCs are now ready for collection at INEC Local Government Office where your polling unit falls within, from 9 am to 3 pm daily including weekends. Collect your PVC today!

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Update on an extension of the timeframe for PVC collection by one week: 12/01/2023 at 23:30 WAT

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