Voters Registration Cannot Be Extended – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that it is relatively impossible to extend the Continuous Voters Registration, (CVR), which was suspended on Sunday, 30th July, 2022.

Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, who was interviewed on a live TV program on Friday, said the commission needed to suspend the exercise to enable it begin other processes of weeding out all multiple registrants.

According to him, INEC has to assemble data as well as run the biometric accreditation system to weed out all multiple registered voters.

In his words: “Now that we have officially suspended the CVR process, we have to consolidate; aggregate the data and thereafter run the biometric accreditation system to weed out all multiple registrants.

“Thereafter, Section 19 [Electoral Act 2022] says we must do a one-week display of the voter register for the commission to accept claims; objections as it relates to either omitted names or names of individuals that ought not to be on that register as identified by people in the area.”

Several concerned Nigerians have recently demanded that the voter registration be extended, to enable eligible would-be voters register to participate in the coming elections.

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