INEC Shifts Voter Registration, Says Q1 2021 not Feasible

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise earlier scheduled for the first quarter of 2021 is no longer feasible.

It, therefore, said the assignment, across the 774 local councils of the federation, would begin on June 28.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who made the disclosure at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, said the project would span for one year, ending in the third quarter of 2022.

According to the INEC boss, the commission projected to register between 16 and 20 million Nigerians, adding that over 2,500 registration centres would be made available for the exercise.

Commenting on the use of NIN, he said it will not mandate the use since it contravenes the 1999 constitution and the Electoral Act.

He said: “NIN is not going to be mandatory for the simple reason that we are operating on the basis of the law establishing INEC. Section 10 of the Electoral Act lists the means of identification to be presented by prospective registrants for the purpose of registration. These include birth certificate, national passport, National Identity Card or any other document that will prove the identity, age and nationality of the applicants.”

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