The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has stated its readiness to recommence the Continuous Voter Registration exercise on 28th of June 2021, to enable eligible Nigerians to register during the exercise.

Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this during a press briefing at the INEC headquarters today. While pointing out that the CVR exercise was suspended on 31st August 2018 to enable the Commission to prepare the data for the production of the Register of Voters and printing of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, for the 2019 General Election.

He maintained that the CVR could not recommence in 2020 due largely to the COVID-19 pandemic. And in line with the general advice by health officials regarding events involving large groups of people, the Commission considered it inauspicious to restart the CVR at the height of the pandemic. And the Commission’s determination to expand voter access to Polling Units.
Prof. Yakubu posited that 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 centers 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 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,” he added.

The INEC boss urged the following categories of people to also register. Any registered voter who has had any issue during accreditation at previous elections, so that the Commission can rectify the problem; All registered voters who wish to transfer their voting locations from the present one to another; All registered voters who have lost their PVCs or whose PVCs have been defaced or damaged; and all registered voters who wish to correct their information such as misspellings of names, dates of birth etc.

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