The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has explained that contrary to misconceptions in some quarters, the Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC, does not expire and is the proof of actual voting by the electorate.
Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in charge of Abia State, Dr Joseph Iloh, who clarified while sensitising students at the 10th Matriculation ceremony of the Gregory University Uturu, said: “PVC is as valid as the voter is alive”.
He urged university students who were eligible for voting to arm themselves with PVC ahead of the 2023 general polls.
INEC also advocated active participation of the university community in the electoral process since the electoral umpire usually recruits its ad hoc staff from the university environment.
Earlier in his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Augustine Uwakwe, tasked the 484 matriculants to focus on academic excellence and shun all forms of distractions associated with campus life.
The VC, who said the university had zero tolerance for cultism, drug abuse and internet fraud, charged the students to eschew all forms of vices and electoral violence as the authorities would decisively deal with anyone caught indulging in such abnormality.
The VC, who said the university was ready to break global records, urged the students to take advantage of the entrepreneurial Centre in the Institution to acquire vocational skills for self-reliance besides their certificate.
INEC/ Suzan O.
2023 Election: INEC reaffirms validity of PVCs