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Why We Can’t Extend Voter Registration – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has stated that extending the voter registration drive, will interfere with its planning for the general elections in 2023.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, stated this in an interview with newsmen.

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He stated on Friday that “now that the CVR process has been formally suspended, we must consolidate; aggregate the data, and then run the biometric accreditation system to weed out all multiple registrants.”

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Then, in accordance with Section 19 of the Election Act of 2022, the voter list must be displayed for one week before the commission can accept claims or objections regarding omitted names or names of people who, in the opinion of locals, shouldn’t be on the register.

In order to achieve this, there must be millions of these potential voters in order to produce the preliminary voter list for this purpose.

That will be posted throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s local governments and wards, which is a significant amount of work.

He explained that following this, the electoral umpire will also print and give the new registrants their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

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He noted that Section 17 of the Electoral Act only requires the Commission to halt voter registration less than and not precisely 90 days before the election, so there was still a lot to be done.

In addition, he added, “INEC will be doing more than just this.”

Despite the outcry that followed the suspension of the registration, Igini stated that Nigerians should instead be worried about voter turnout in the upcoming election.

Mass participation is “what gives spice to the practice of democracy,” the INEC official said.

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The INEC official expressed satisfaction with the recent upsurge in interest in the electoral process among Nigerians, equating it with the atmosphere in the nation prior to the 1993 election.

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Prior to his remark, the electoral body had on July 31 suspended voter registration, citing 12 million new registrations.

According to a breakdown of the data, young people make up about 71 percent of the newly registered voters. Additionally, it showed that 2.4 million people are between the ages of 35 and 49, while 8.7 million are between the ages of 18 and 34.

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