By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has dismissed speculation that its Continuous Voter Registration CVR exercise would end this month.
Recalling that it had on 27th April 2017 rolled out the CVR exercise across the country, INEC said it was intended to afford all eligible Nigerians, 18 years and above who did not register in previous exercises the opportunity to do so at their convenience.
“However, as provided for in Section 9 (5) of the Electoral Act (as amended), the CVR will be temporarily suspended 60 days to the commencement of the next General Elections scheduled for February 2019. The exercise will resume after the conclusion of the elections”, INEC said.
A statement signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee IVEC of the commission, Prince Solomon Soyebi noted that, “so far, over four million Nigerians have registered across the country. The Commission wishes to assure all eligible Nigerians that the CVR exercise is designed to continue indefinitely as envisaged by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“The Commission hereby encourages all eligible Nigerians to register at our offices in all local government headquarters and other officially designated areas across the country between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. Full information about the designated areas can be obtained from our state offices.”