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INEC to suspend voters’ registration



INEC to suspend voters’ registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that it would soon suspend the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

According to the commission, the CVR exercise would be suspended on August 17 until after the 2019 general elections.

A statement from INEC on Friday and signed by Solomon Soyebi, National Commissioner and Chairman, information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja, however, noted that the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) would continue until February 16, 2019, a week to the kick off of the general elections.

He explained that the decision was taken after consultative meetings the commission had with major stakeholders in the Nigerian electoral process.

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According to him, the stakeholders stressed the need to comply with statutory timelines and unanimously agreed that sufficient time be given between the capture of data, its processing and the production of the PVCs.

“Given the activities necessary for this, the commission, acting on the recommendation of the stakeholders has decided to suspend the ongoing CVR at 3p.m on Friday, August 17, until after the general elections.

“The collection of PVCs will, however, continue until a week to the commencement of general elections on Feb. 16, 2019,” he added.

Soyebi added, that the commission would overhaul and intensify of its publicity initiatives to ensure that all qualified Nigerians who wish to register were able to do so and collect their PVCs before the general elections.

This, according to him, was in consonance with INEC policy and advice of all the stakeholders.

Soyebi noted that some of the issues discussed during the consultative meetings include matters arising from the collection and alleged cloning of PVCs.

He explained that other issues discussed was INEC’s preparations for Ekiti and Osun Governorship Elections as well as for the 2019 general elections.


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