INEC To Resume Voters Registration On June 28
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will commence the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise on June 28 across the country.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement on Thursday at a press briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Although the commission had promised that it would resume the exercise in the first quarter of 2021, the date announced by the INEC boss indicates that the exercise will commence by the end of the second quarter.
Professor Yakubu explained that the commission could not commence the exercise as promised due to some activities, such as the introduction of new systems to ensure the registration is in line with COVID-19 guidelines, expansion of voter access to polling units and introduction of new voter registration equipment and technology.
He said: “Effective from Monday, 28th June 2021, the CVR exercise will commence nationwide and carried out continuously for over a year until the third quarter of 2022.
“However, emphasis will initially be on Anambra State where more centres will be established in view of the governorship election already scheduled for Saturday, 6th November 2021.
“In order to complete preparations for the governorship election, the CVR exercise in the state will be temporarily suspended in August 2021. This will enable the commission to clean up the data for the state and print the PVCs (permanent voter cards) for registrants.
“As time goes on, the commission will provide more details on the CVR exercise, particularly the innovations that will ensure a safe and stress-free experience for registrants. In doing so, we will fully consult stakeholders. In fact, the first in the series of these consultations will take place after the Easter break.”