The Independent National Electoral Commission in Nasarawa State on Thursday said arrangements had been concluded to decentralise the distribution of Permanent Voter cards to Registration Area Centres across 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Uthman Ajidagba, said this during a meeting with civil society organisations in Lafia, the state capital.
He said the collection of PVCs at the Registration Area levels in the state would start on January 16 and last for six days.
He said the decision to decentralise the distribution of the PVCs was to ensure that more people had easy access to their PVCs before the general elections.
He, however, expressed worry over the low level of collection of the Permanent Voter Cards in the state, attributing it to inadequate awareness.
He described the role of civil society organisations as formidable in ensuring the independence of the electoral body, urging traditional and religious leaders to avoid partisan politics.