- The ongoing Continuous Voters' Registration exercise has been extended to weekends and public holidays
- INEC said the extension to those days would commence on August 1 and end on August 17
- According to the commission, the exercise would also be extended from 9am to 5pm daily, instead of the current daily duration of 9am to 3pm
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, July 18, announced the inclusion of weekends and public holidays as word days of its personnel in ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
It however, stated that the extension to those days would commence on August 1 and end on August 17 when the exercise would be suspended until after the 2019 general elections.
The commission disclosed this in statement by its national commissioner and member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mohammed Haruna, in Abuja.
The statement said that decision to extend the registration period was reached at the commission’s meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) from all the states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which reviewed the nationwide exercise.
It added that the exercise would also be extended from 9am to 5pm daily, instead of the current daily duration of 9am to 3pm.
“Against the backdrop of the decision to suspend the exercise from August 17 until after the 2019 general elections, it was resolved that starting from August 1, the CVR exercise will take place between 9 am and 5 pm instead of 9 am - 3 pm as obtains presently.
“It was also resolved that there will also be registration on Saturdays and Sundays as well as public holidays (if any) within the period," the statement said.
The commission assured Nigerians of its commitment to ensuring free, fair and credible elections in 2019, and said that it had reviewed the conduct of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti.
It also said that it had started preparations for the governorship election in Osun scheduled for September 22.
“INEC noted the satisfactory conduct of the Ekiti governorship election as attested to by both domestic and international Observers, the Media and other Stakeholders.
“The meeting also noted with deep concern, the rising phenomenon of vote-buying during elections and restates its commitment and determination to continue to work with all stakeholders, especially the security agencies, to stem the ugly trend.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that INEC said the Continuous Voters Registration which began on April 27, nationwide would run till few months to the 2019 general election.
The INEC secretary in Niger, Aliyu Bungudu, said that the registration exercise was to ensure that no eligible voter was denied the right to elect leaders of their choice.
Bungudu assured the stakeholders that INEC would not shirk its responsibility in that regard, and urged them to mobilise the people to get registered.
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