- The Continuous Voters registration (CVR) in ward registration centers in Ekiti state will commence on Wednesday, April 11 to Wednesday, April 18
- In preparation for the July governorship election, the CVR will be conducted in the 177 wards in the state
- YIAGA Africa says it will be deploying its Watching The Vote (WTV) citizen observers to observe the exercise
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it will be decentralising the Continuous Voters registration (CVR) to ward registration centers in Ekiti state from Wednesday, April 11 to Wednesday, April 18, as part of its ongoing nationwide CVR exercise.
NAIJ.com gathered that the CVR will be conducted in the 177 wards in Ekiti in preparation for the July governorship election in the state.
The exercise is designed to update the voter register with the registration of citizens who turned 18 after the last voter registration exercise; or those who couldn’t register in previous CVR exercises.
Uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) will be distributed during the exercise, as well, issues relating to transfer of registered voters, lost, damaged or omitted PVCs will be addressed during the exercise.
On its part, YIAGA Africa will be deploying its Watching The Vote (WTV) citizen observers to observe the CVR exercise.
A statement sent to NAIJ.com read: “The objectives of the observation include; to assess the process of the CVR, to verify the functionality of the Direct Data Capturing (DDC) machine and to enhance the compliance of INEC to electoral guidelines.
“For the CVR in Ekiti, YIAGA WTV is deploying 24 accredited citizen observers to rotationally observe the process in each of the 16 Local Government areas, to cover at least 72 wards out of the 177 wards in the state where the CVR exercise will be conducted in the state.
“The WTV observers will observe at their daily assigned registration wards from the arrival and opening of the registration centers to the closing of registration on assigned days during the CVR exercise. Assigned days for observation include 11th, 14th and 16th of April 2018. Observers will also report on any critical incident they witness or are reported to them.
“All WTV observers will send in their observation reports via coded text message using their mobile phones. The reports will be received directly into a sophisticated database located at the YIAGA Africa’s WTV data centre in Abuja for review, verification and analysis.
“YIAGA-WTV will issue interim reports on the process based on reports from its observers, this will be shared with the public, INEC, political parties, civic society organizations and other stakeholders.”
WTV is a citizen-led election observation initiative aimed at enhancing the integrity of elections using technology and evidence-based research methodology tools for election observation.
It is designed to promote credible elections and boost citizen’s confidence in the electoral process through the provision of citizen’s oversight on elections through the electoral cycle.
Meanwhile, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations have slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following comments by the party that Nigerians have lost confidence in the current leadership of INEC.
The CSOs comprising the Center for Public Accountability, National Frontiers, Citizens Centre for Democratic Governance and National Democratic Vanguard, said the PDP has no moral justification for such calls.
“We do not think that PDP is fair, without any credible evidence, to accuse the INEC of complicity in encouraging underage voting or manipulating the voters register. Nor does the party stand on any higher moral ground to pass a vote of no confidence on the INEC chair,” the groups said in a statement sent to NAIJ.com on Tuesday, April 3.
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