The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced extension of voter registration till the end of August, in order to allow more Nigerians to register.
INEC had previously earmarked August 17 as deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) which started August 27, 2017.
The National Commissioner, Voter Education & Publicity Committee, Mohammed Kudu Haruna, made that the statement in Abuja on Tuesday, as well as providing a list of 23 new political parties that just registered on August 14, 2018, out of “144 applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties.”
Haruna said, “The ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) across the country commenced on 27th April 2017. The Commission decided to make the exercise truly continuous for the first time by opening permanent registration centres in all our 774 Local Government offices and 672 other centres. This was to ensure that all-year round, Nigerians who turn 18 years and who had not registered previously have an opportunity to register.
“The Commission has decided to extend the CVR to 31st August 2018. The exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres every day, including weekends, but excluding public holidays, between 9am and 5pm.
“In order to have enough time to clean up the provisional register and print the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) in good time for the general elections the Commission, after consultation with stakeholders, decided to suspend the exercise with effect from 17th August 2018, to resume after the elections.
“However, many Nigerians have appealed to the Commission.
“Consequently, the Commission has decided to extend the CVR to 31st August 2018. The exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres every day, including weekends, but excluding public holidays, between 9am and 5pm.
“The Commission wishes to inform the public that the ongoing collection of PCVs will not end with the CVR exercise. Collection of PVCs will continue until close to the general elections.”