The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has deployed additional 209 machines for the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to Kano, the five south-eastern states, Lagos, where the pressure for the exercise is most acute.
This development is sequel to the surge in the number of prospective registrants in those states as the June 30 deadline for the CVR approaches.
The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said this in an issued press statement.
Okoye said the Commission will monitor the situation over the next few days and thereafter, it will meet to review the progress of the exercise.
He further said: “Consequently, the Commission convened an urgent meeting with all the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Thursday, June 9, to review the situation so that eligible Nigerians who wish to register can do so. The necessity to urgently deploy more voter enrolment machines to ease the congestion at the registration centres was identified as a priority.
“In response, the Commission has immediately released additional 209 machines deployed mainly to the five south-eastern States, Lagos and Kano where the pressure is most acute.
“Every step will be taken and all options will be explored to ensure that eligible Nigerians are given the opportunity to register as voters.
“The Commission appeals for patience and understanding of all citizens. Every Nigerian who is 18 years of age and above has the constitutional right to register and vote in any part of the country he/she resides in without let or hindrance.
“The sudden surge is an affirmation of the increasing confidence Nigerians have in our electoral process. The commission will continue to ensure that this confidence is sustained”, the statement noted.