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INEC begins voter registration in Lagos, six others on Wednesday

12 November 2014, 15:25

Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will from Wednesday begin the Continuous Voter Registration ((CVR) in Lagos, Kano, Edo, Plateau, Ogun, Imo and Adamawa.

The CVR, which INEC said was for eligible persons who were not on the biometric register, would end on Monday.

Also read: INEC to extend issuance of PVC in Lagos

The commission advised the electorate to check for their names before participating in the exercise to avoid double registration.

INEC, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu, enjoined residents of the affected states who are yet to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to first check the register and ascertain whether or not they are already on it.

INEC explained that those whose names appeared on the register, but yet to collect  their PVCs should not present themselves for the CVR.

“The way to check if they are on the register of voters is simply to send an SMS to dedicated lines with the following information: Name of state, surname, the last five or six digits of the VIN (i.e., Voter Identification Number) on their Temporary Voter Card (for example: Lagos, Salama, 06782”.

Idowu advised those concerned to ensure that they put coma in-between the required information before sending it to 08171646879.

The statement also reads: “Alternatively, someone doing the checking could preface the short message with INEC (e.g.: INEC, Lagos, Salama, 06782) and send to 20120.

“The interrogator will get an instant response giving his / her full profile on the register and the polling unit number, if the person is actually on the register; or an advice to the contrary if the person is not.

“If a person is on the register and has not been able to obtain his/her PVC, he/she should go to the relevant local government office of INEC, where distribution of the cards will continue daily till the end of January, 2015.

“For avoidance of doubt, only those who the SMS service shows are not on the register need to present themselves for CVR, in addition to persons who are registering for the first time .”

The statement added that the exercise would “be efficient and far-reaching”, if only the people who genuinely needed to register present themselves for the CVR.

Idowu noted that the SMS facility was also available for people who want to check the voter register from other states.

-   NAN

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