The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it will only permit physical Continuous Voter Registration in its states and local government offices till further notice based on evaluation of the security situation in the country.
The National Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this while briefing the press on the launch of the online registration portal for the resumption of Continuous Voter Registration at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja stated that only the online registration will commence on the twenty eight of June, while others scheduled appointment for online registrants and physical registration at the States and Local government offices will commence on the nineteenth of next month.
According to the INEC boss, the Register of Voters is at the heart of democratic elections since a good register of voters is a precursor to a good election hence it is a major function of the Independent National Electoral Commission under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
He said that the history of CVR commenced in April twenty seventeen, when the Commission added fourteen million, two hundred and eighty three thousand, seven hundred and thirty four new voters to the twenty eleven biometric voter’s register but the process was suspended in August twenty eighteen so as to prepare for the twenty nineteen General Election.
Professor Yakubu said the idea is for intending registrants to commence the process online by filling the forms and uploading their pictures and required documents, and then make an appointment on the web portal for a date and time to visit an INEC State or Local Government Area (LGA) office to give their fingerprints and complete the registration.
He assured Nigerians that the Commission is aware that not all Nigerians have computers, smart phones, access to the internet or residing in urban and suburban areas and that some citizens may also have one form of disability or another to make it impossible for them to register online hence the Commission is disposed to its responsibility under the law to provide every eligible Nigerian the opportunity to register irrespective of where they live or other circumstances of life which is why there are two thousand, six hundred and seventy three centers where citizens can register physically nationwide.
The INEC Chairman gave the list of those who can register to include those who are eighteen years and above and have not registered previously, registered voters who have had any problem during accreditation for any past election, with either their Permanent Voters’ Cards or their fingerprints not being read by the Smart Card Reader, registered voters who want to transfer their voting location from one place to another others are registered voters who want to correct issues with their data, such as misspelt names, dates of birth, or registered voters whose PVCs are lost or damaged.
He promised that they are making available to the media several materials on the CVR for dissemination to Nigerians as the Commission believes that partnership with communities can help to improve their capacity to routinely deliver free, fair, credible and inclusive elections in Nigeria.