By Zainab Yetunde Adam
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Borno state has called on qualified members of the public who are yet to register as voters to do so within the remaining days of the exercise.
INEC has fixed the end of May and June 2022 as deadlines for both the online and physical enrolment for the CVR programme which started last year.
In Borno state, about 133,000 new registrations and PVC updates including the hanging of polling units had so far been recorded since the exercise commenced.
INEC Head of Education and Publicity in Borno state, Abba Liberty, in an interview with The Humanitarian Times reporter, dispelled the wrong notion the Commission may have extended the deadline for CVR following the recent extension of the primaries deadline last week.
Mr Liberty stressed that the ongoing voter registration “is in its fourth and last quarter” ahead of the forthcoming General elections.
He said the Commission has recorded more than 130,000 voters “which is quite encouraging.”
“People should desist from nonchalant attitude and enrol before the closure of the registration exercise on 30th June 2022.”
Abba Liberty also noted that double registration is an offence in the law.
“If you have once registered and have an issue with your PVC, come out and say the fact and then you will be guided to rectify it instead of registering twice and losing both Voters cards,” He added.
The Head of Education and Publicity in Borno revealed that Residents can update their PVCs, and transfer or change their polling unit as desired at various registration points.
INEC has clearly stated on its website that the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise ends by 30th June 2022.
This will enable the Commission to clean up the registration data, print the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and compile the register ahead of the 2023 General Elections.
Online registration ends 30th May 2022.