Why We Can’t Extend Voters Registration – INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained why it can not extend voter registration ahead of the 2023 general elections.

INEC said the exercise was suspended to enable it to begin other processes to weed out all multiple registrants.

Recall that the electoral body suspended the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) on Sunday, 31st July.

The Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, made this known while speaking on Channels TV on Friday.

The REC said, “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.”

Calls have been rife from Nigerians for the commission to extend voter registration, with millions of Nigerians yet to register.

The suspension of the registration has led to allegations of disenfranchisement in 2023 by INEC from Some Nigerians who are yet to register.


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