Abuja -The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will soon set up registration points at its Local Government Area (LGA) offices but will not extend the continuous voter registration exercise.
Kayode Robert Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, the Commission noted with concern the agitation in some quarters for an extension of the second phase of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), involving Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 11 states namely Yobe, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ondo, Oyo, Delta and Cross River, which ended on Monday.
He nonetheless said it was logistically impossible to extend this phase of the CVR beyond its scheduled deadline.
"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. 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 (LGA) offices where people yet to do so can go to register," Idowu said.
He said many people who had relocated since the last registration exercise also turned up for fresh registration.
"Many people who have relocated since the last registration exercise only needed to apply for their registration status to be transferred to their new location also turned up for fresh registration. When data are consolidated and de-duplication is carried out by INEC, all instances of multiple registrations will yet be eliminated. But, unfortunately, these sets of people obstructed legitimate registrants from having their turn at the registration points."
He said the commission strongly appealed that anyone who had previously registered and already had their records in the biometric Register of Voters should avoid any other registration.
"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," he added.
- CAJ News