As preparation for the 2019 general election continues, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has formally fixed, April 27 as the commencement date for Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in all the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, stated this after a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) held at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja yesterday.
The chief electoral commissioner disclosed that the exercise will take place on weekdays between 9.00am and 3.00pm excluding public holidays.
He said, “Following consultations with political parties, civil society organisations and the media, the Commission convened a special meeting today with the RECs and Administrative Secretaries (ASs) from all the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to finalise its preparation for the commencement of the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration exercise.
“Specifically, the meeting considered the methodology, modalities and effective date for the commencement of the exercise nationwide and agreed as follows; that the nationwide CVR shall commence on Thursday April 27, 2017 in each of the 774 LGA of the federation.
“The exercise shall take place on weekdays from 9.00am to 3.00pm excluding public holidays. The exercise is intended to enable citizens who have turned 18 years of age since the last registration as well as those who did not register during the last exercise to register as voters.
“Allow those seeking transfer of their registration from one state to another to do so. Distribute uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to those who could not collect them before or since the last general elections. Enable citizens who have the Temporal Voters Cards (TVCs) but whose names are on the register to collect their PVCs,” he noted.
Throwing more light on the modalities for the CVR, the Commission said: “The Registration Centres shall be the Local Government offices of the Commission or such other suitable locations as will be made public by the State Offices of INEC.
“The Commission advises those who are already registered not to do so again as it is an offence to register more than once. The Commission wishes to reiterate its commitment to consolidating our democracy by ensuring that citizens are given the opportunity to register as Voters on a continuous basis as enshrined in the Electoral Act (as amended) well before elections. We appeal to all citizens to cooperate with the Commission to ensure the success of the exercise,” INEC added.