INEC Commences Voter Registration Next Week

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (left) receiving the crowd of APC decampees to PDP at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt last week.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would commence a nationwide continuous voter registration on April 27 across the 774 local government areas of the federation.
The commissioner incharge of Operations, Mrs Amina Zakari, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, after a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECS) and Administrative Secretaries from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, stated that the exercise would take place from 9 a.m to 3 p.m on weekdays (Mondays to Fridays), excluding public holidays
Zakari said the registration centres  shall be the local government offices of the commission or such other suitable locations as would be made public by the state Offices of lNEC.
She also stated that the decision was taken at the meeting following INEC consultations with stakeholders including political parties, civil society organisations and the media, and explained that the exercise is intended to enable 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.
According to her, “It also will allow those seeking transfer of their registration from one state to another or within a state from polling unit to another to do so.
“The exercise also intends to enable the distribution of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to those who has could not collect them before or since the last general elections.
Zakari also explained that the exercise would also enable citizens who have the Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs) but whose names are on the register to collect their PVCs, advising those who were already registered not to do so again as it is an offence to register more than once.
“The commission wishes to reiterate its commitment to consolidating our democracy. This we are going to do 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.’’
The Commissioner however appealed to all citizens to cooperate with the commission to ensure the success of the exercise.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had earlier this year said the registration exercise would continue to be a routine exercise once it commenced.