Following the fixing of dates for the 2019 general elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is to commence the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in each of the nation’s 774 local government areas.
A statement by the commission, while not stating the when the exercise would end, said the decision was reached following a special meeting on Wednesday involving the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and Administrative Secretaries (ASs) from the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with political parties, civil society organizations and the media.
“Specifically, the meeting considered the methodology, modalities and effective date for the commencement of the exercise” which would hold from 9.00am to 3.00pm daily between Monday and Friday, excluding public holidays.
The statement said the exercise is expected “to give citizens who have turned 18 years of age since the last registration as well as those who did not register during the last
exercise to register as voters; allow those seeking transfer of their registration from one state to another or within a State from polling unit to another to do so; distribute uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to those who could not collect them before or since the last General Elections; (and) enable citizens who have the Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs) but whose names are on the register to collect their PVCs.”
The commission warned those already registered not to do so again as it is an offence, adding that the exercise would hold in the offices of the commission at the Local Government or other suitable locations announced by the state offices of INEC.
The commission urged all to cooperate for the success of the exercise, reiterating its commitment to consolidating the nation’s “democracy by ensuring that citizens are given the opportunity to register as voters on a continuous basis as enshrined in the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) well before elections.