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Obtaining your voter’s registration card and checking your registration status has been made easy. The Independent National Electoral Commission has succeeded in making a hereto difficult experience less tasking.

INEC started the continuous registration process on April 7, 2017, to enable qualified persons to acquire their Permanent Voters Card. Yet many Nigerians still complain of hardships involved in the process.

The Commission has outlined on its website two processes for many who do not understand the steps to be taken towards obtaining their PVCs.

The first step is that a person who wishes to register should appear at the registration centres approved by the Commission, where he/she intends to vote on election day and is close to his/her place of residence. Such a person who has not registered before should do so in the Continuous Voters Registration Phase going on across Nigeria from 9 am to 4 pm.

A credible voter who wishes to transfer his or her registration, due to any circumstances, including relocation to another place, is expected to fill an application for transfer of registered voter, where a new permanent voter card is issued by the Electoral Officer upon retrieval of the old. Also, for anyone who wishes to reapply for voters card for the upcoming elections, can do so to get an instant PVC without having to wait on long queues.

The second step is for those who are unsure of their registration status such people are advised to visit the site and follow the instructions on it, as it would lead to a voters registration verification platform that would allow one such person to fill a form to check his/her status.

Confused about where your polling unit is, that is the place to register to vote or vote, you can make use of the Polling Unit Locator Tool. This tool would lead you to selecting your specific ward and state, to a polling unit nearest to you.

By my calculations, it is 360 days to the 16th February 2019, and a credible voter registration is the first step to ensuring a free and fair election.

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This article was first published on 20th February 2018 and updated on February 23rd, 2018 at 3:08 pm


Adepeju Adenuga is a writer (considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense). She holds a Masters Degree in Literature in English from the University of Lagos.

Comments (6)

6 thoughts on “How to Apply For Your Permanent Voters Card”

  • Please take a trip round the voters registration centres in Lagos and you will see how ‘easy’ INEC is making the registration process. This is not about speaking English and writing great stuff on INEC website and on the pages on newspapers. The reality is that it is a cumbersome process! The INEC officers are never there in time and don’t stay till the cut off. they are rude and take their sweet time. Some register 20 persons and refuse to register anyone else. I stay in Badore, Ajah an the situation is terrible. I have been there several times and there is no staff there while you have scores of people waiting to be registered and being left unattended under the hot sun. This is totally different from the experience I had in Kano where the registration process is going so ‘fast’ and so ‘smooth’ that even many under aged voters are registered. less than 10yr olds are being registered! Goodluck to Nigeria!

  • I lives at Mowe in ogun state via Lagos, where can I register to get my voters card ???

  • Please how can I get my voters card, I went to my local government where I registered and they are telling me that it has not been printed. And I enrolled since 2017.


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