2023 elections: INEC announces date for resumption of continuous voter registration


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday hinted at resuming the Continuous Voters Registration, CVR.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the Commission has concluded arrangements to resume CVR on June 28.

Yakubu disclosed this during a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja.

The INEC chairman said the commission was working to update its registration software to accommodate the newly established polling units to enable prospective voters to register.

He said: “However, more work still lies ahead.

“Apart from the CVR, we shall continue our preparations for two bye-elections scheduled for June 19 in Sabon Gari State Constituency in Kaduna State and Gwaram Federal Constituency in Jigawa State.”

He said the commission was waiting for the official declaration of vacancies by the House of Representatives for the Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency in Plateau and Lere Federal Constituency in Kaduna State.

“Furthermore, preparations for the Anambra State Governorship election to be held on Nov. 6 and the FCT Area Council election scheduled for Feb. 12 will be prioritised.

“Similarly, we shall continue our early preparations for the 2023 general elections.

“In this regards, the commission has already established an Election Project Plan (EPP) committee to work on the 2023 election plan.

“The idea is to complete the plan early enough and make sure that we are fully ready for the election, which is now only 640 days away,” he said.

Yakubu said that INEC had successfully concluded stakeholder engagements on the expansion of voter access to polling units.

The chairman said the commission would soon meet to finalise the compilation and coding of polling units and would thereafter make the information public.

“I am glad to inform you that the option of converting existing voting points and voting point settlements into full-fledged polling units and situating them in the most agreeable locations to support increased voter access was overwhelmingly accepted by Nigerians.

“Consequently, the commission has, in the last three weeks concluded the actual exercise as well as the verification of the newly established polling units.

“The commission wishes to thank all Nigerians for their support in addressing the 25-year-old problem,” he said.

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