After four weeks into the commencement of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Nigerian ruling electoral body has disclosed that over one million Nigerians have done the registration.
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This information was disclosed by Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Okoye revealed that as of Monday, July 26, the number of registrants for the exercise which commenced on June 28, 2021, has risen to “1,006,661.”
The INEC chief went further to disclose that relevant information such as the age, state, occupation, gender, and disability of applicants who participated in the past four weeks have been uploaded on the website of the commission and social media platforms.
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‘However, the distribution by age still shows that 740,063 (or 73.5 per cent) are young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 34. As earlier announced by the commission, physical or in-person registration commenced on July 26 at its 811 State and Local Government Area offices nationwide. The exact locations of the designated centres have already been uploaded to our website and social media platforms. For further details, citizens are encouraged to contact our state offices through the dedicated telephone numbers provided in the uploaded publication. Nigerians who pre-registered online can now complete their registration at those centres based on scheduled appointments. In addition, other Nigerians who prefer to register physically/in person can now do so at those centres.’
Okoye went further to state that the exercise will continue until June 30, 2022, to allow INEC enough time to prepare the voter registers for the general elections in 2023.
‘Both online pre-registration and physical/in-person registration will continue simultaneously until the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration exercise on June 30 2022 to enable the commission to clean up the data and compile the voter register for the 2023 general election. The right to vote begins with the registration of voters. Thus, as we enter the next phase of the CVR exercise, we once again appeal to all citizens, who wish to register to approach any of the commission’s state or local government area offices nationwide to do so.’
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