INEC Rules Out Extending Voters’ Registration

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voter registrationThe Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it is ‘logistically impossible’ to extend the second phase of the Continuous Voter Registration, which ended on Monday.

It, however, said it would give a fair chance to legitimate registrants and would on a yet-to-be announced date, set up registration points at its Local Government Area offices where such people can go to register.

This phase of the exercise, which commenced on August 20, 2014, involved the Federal Capital Territory and 11 states namely Yobe, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ondo, Oyo Delta and Cross River.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, in Abuja yesterday, the commission stated that old tendencies towards irregularity, such as partisans urging people to come out and do multiple registrations, largely accounted for the crowd clusters lingering at registration points set up for the CVR.

It said, “Much as the Commission is eager to ensure that all legitimate persons who are yet to register as voters have the opportunity to do so, it is logistically impossible to extend this phase of the CVR beyond its scheduled deadline ( August 25, 2014).

“But in order to give fair chance to legitimate registrants, the Commission will, on a date to be shortly announced, set up registration points at its Local Government Area offices where people yet to do so can go to register”.

The electoral umpire said that the registration process was further compounded by many people who had relocated since the last registration exercise, but turned up for fresh registration.

“But, unfortunately, these sets of people obstructed legitimate registrants from having their turn at the registration points”, it said, adding that when data are consolidated and de-duplication is carried out, all instances of multiple registrations will be eliminated.

The Commission also appealed to anyone who has previously registered and already has his/her records in the biometric register of voters, should avoid re-presenting themselves at any other place for registration.

According to INEC, if a previously registered person had relocated from where he/she registered, such a person should simply apply for transfer of the registration data to the new location, as provided for by the electoral law.

The statement further said, “If anyone found his name on the register displayed ahead of the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards, but was unable to collect his PVC during the distribution period, such a person should go to respective LGA office of INEC where the card will be awaiting collection by now.

“INEC again hereby urges all stakeholders in the electoral process to commit themselves to playing at all times by the rules in the collective quest to enthrone free, fair and credible elections”, the statement said.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. INEC has embarked on a farce through the recent effort to give out PVC. These people are not sincere with Nigerians as they willfully plot an evil agenda towards the 2015 general elections. My experience will graphically illustrate my fears. I am registered at Dawaki village Bwari Area Council, FCT. I had my temporary voter’s card. On the PVC collection date, I reported at the venue and could not see my face on the photo display boards. Nevertheless, I managed to confirm that my card with my particulars was with the INEC officials. Instead of giving me the card, I was told to fill a form and come back on August 20 to collect the verified card. It turned out that on 20 August. No INEc official was seen in Dawaki. We were instead directed to go to Dutse Alhaji Primary School where there was about 3000 persons quad up for two days without being able to collect the cards. Why the change of arrangement, why withold the cards? As I write the exercise has ended and my PVc has been denied what do I and hundreds others make of this? Is INEC being sincere, no. This is farce.

  2. Till today INEC don’t want to pay the Corper’s that did the PVC distribution in Ekiti State. This is the problem we have in this our country were the youth will be use and dump even now they have started doing it to corps members. We do not need God to help us again because Nigerian constitution and budget does not favor the poor.

  3. INEC has not paid the corpers they used in lagos state also. We were told that corpers would be used for both distribution of PVC nd CVR yet they used external bodies and corpers were not used even though we were trained. That is so unfair and time wasting.

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