INEC Declares August 17 Deadline For Voter Registration Won’t Be Extended
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that the August 17 deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) will not be extended.
The Public Affairs Officer of INEC in Gombe, Mohorret Bigun, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, said the exercise would resume after the 2019 General Elections scheduled from February 26 and March 2.
He added that the exercise would henceforth include weekends and public holidays to allow for more people to register beginning from August 1.
According to him, INEC was not planning to extend the exercise beyond August 17 as being anticipated by some.
“There will be no extension of ongoing registration beyond the Aug. 17 deadline. Those who are anticipating extension should go and register.
“From Aug. 1, we are going to operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday. This is to give room for those who are yet to turn up for the exercise.
“We have been directed to suspend the registration of voters until the 2019 general elections are concluded,’’ Mr Bigun said.
He said the commission decided to suspend the exercise till next year to enable it to produce the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for distribution.
“The commission would not want to deny anyone the right to vote; hence the need to suspend the exercise temporarily to prepare for the general elections in 2019,’’ he said.