INEC may suspend CVR exercise in July — Official

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), yesterday announced that it may likely suspend the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in July.

The INEC Chairman’s Chief Press Secretary, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Rotimi Oyekanmi, made this announcement while speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of the 2-day of the ‘Editorial Capacity Building Workshop for INEC Public Affairs Officers‘, which was held in Lagos.

Oyekanmi noted that the suspension might be attributed to the fact that most Nigerians are still waiting for the last-minute rush before presenting themselves for the registration.

He, however, said that the Commission was impressed by those who had completed their registration, both the online pre-registration and the physical capturing of bio-metrics.

“My advice to Nigerians, especially those who are qualified but have never registered before is to do so, because we are likely to round-off the exercise about six to seven months before the 2023 General Elections.

“The Commission has not decided yet; but normally, from what we know, we will suspend the CVR between six to seven months before the general elections to enable us to clean up the voter register and print the PVCs of those who have registered so far.

“So, it is extremely important that Nigerians should not wait until June or July before they register”, Oyekanmi further said.

Commenting on the training, he said INEC had media platforms like online newspapers, social media and public affairs officers in each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).

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