Continuous Voter Registration Ends December 2018, Not Jan. 31—INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) will end in December 2018 contrary to speculations that the exercise will end on Jan. 31, 2018.

Mr Femi Akinbiyi, the commission’s Head of Publicity in Lagos State, said in a statement on Friday “it has come to the notice of the Commission in Lagos State the rumours going round that the CVR would end on Jan. 31, 2018.

“We, therefore, wish to inform the people that the Continuous Voter Registration is still on.

“In line with the provision of section 9 (5) of the Electoral Act (as amended), Continuous Voter Registration will be temporarily suspended 60 days to the commencement of the General Elections scheduled for February, 2019”.

According to him, all eligible voters in the state, who has not registered before are encouraged to register at all INEC offices in the 20 local government areas in the state.

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Akinbiyi said that concerned residents could also go to other officially designated areas within the state between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday every week, excluding public holidays, for registration.

“In response to the citizens’ plea to have centres closer to their domain, the commission in the state has rotation plan for some registration centres within the registration areas (ward) in each of the local government areas.

“Also, the names of those who registered in the first and second quarters have been uploaded in the commission’s website.’’

Meanwhile, Akinbiyi told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that the rumour had made eligible persons to besiege registration centres daily, to register.

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