The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Taraba on Friday said 210,504 Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, were ready for collection in the State.

Taraba State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alh. Baba Abba Yusuf disclosed this during a press briefing in Jalingo.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner also announced that the commission had decided to decentralise the collection of PVCs to the registration areas (ward level), to enable people who were yet to collect their PVCs do so ahead of the elections.

“The Commission has decided to move the collection of PVCs closer to the people beginning from January 16, to enable people collect their PVCs.

“Normally the collection of PVCs is done at the local government level, but the Commission has decided to move it closer to the people at the registration areas to encourage prospective voters to collect their PVCs.

“The exercise will only last for five days and I want to call on the people of Taraba State to take advantage of the five day period to go to their various electoral wards and collect their PVCs,” he said.

Yusuf who assured the people of Taraba that INEC would print out all PVCs before the election, explained that the distribution of PVCs will stop one week to election.

He called on those whose PVCs were yet to be printed to exercise patience as the commission was doing everything possible to ensure that all those who registered during the Continuous Voter Registration exercise get their PVCs before the elections.