INEC National chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, made this known during a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) in Abuja on Friday, explaining that the decision was because of complaints by many Nigerians.
The new deadline for collection of PVCs is now February 11, as against the previous date, February 8, which would have expired by the close of business on Friday.
Yakubu said INEC was determined that no eligible Nigeria was denied the right to vote in the coming elections as nobody will be allowed to vote without the PVC.
Officials will also work on Saturdays and Sundays.
At a visit to a PVC collection centre, at Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone III, Abuja, on Thursday, it was observed that many people were unable to collect the PVCs for a variety of reasons.
Some were at the wrong place as, according to the INEC officials, their cards had been sent to the collection centre nearest to their voting areas, even though many of them claimed they registered at the school. They were redirected to the appropriate centres.
However, there were many who were turned back because their cards were not printed. A female INEC official explained that the cards for those who registered in August 2017 were not printed.
“Even me, mine was not printed,” she said. “I can show you my TVC (Temporary Voter Card). She said she does not know why the cards for August 2017 were not printed. The people affected left with their TVCs, many grudgingly.
Another group of people who were unable to collect their PVCs were asked to register afresh as their initial registration was flawed. No other explanation was given to them even though they had TVCs that looked quite genuine.
There was quite a sizeable crowd at the collection centre. This, coupled with the sheer number of PVCs that the INEC officials had to rummage through in search of peoples cards, made the process slow.
Meanwhile, it was observed that it was easier to find PVCs belonging to persons who registered as recently as late 2018, or those that applied for a transfer of their old PVCs to Abuja, than to trace the PVCs of persons who registered in 2017 or as far back as 2011.