Ahead of the 2023 elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, will stop on July 31, 2022.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that the Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, will stop on July 31, 2022.
This was contained in a statement issued by Festus Okoye, Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, on Friday.
According to Okoye, the decision was made in compliance with a judgement by the Federal High Court on Wednesday.
The Federal High Court threw out a suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, asking for an extension of the CVR beyond the initial deadline of June 30, 2022.
The court said the electoral umpire was within its right to fix a date of choice to end the exercise, so far it does not fall later than 90 days before the date scheduled for the general election as provided in Sec. 9(6) of the Electoral Act 2022.
Okoye noted that the registration exercise had already been extended for a period of 15 days and that with the judgement, all legal encumbrances have been removed.
He said, “The CVR is hereby extended for another two weeks until Sunday 31st July 2022, thereby bringing the total duration of the extension to 31 days (1st – 31st July 2022)”.
The commission further stated that the registration has been extended to eight hours daily starting from 9.00am – 5.00pm instead of the current 9.00am – 3.00pm.
Also, it announced that the registration would be done during weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) as against only weekdays.
INEC appealed to eligible Nigerians to utilise the opportunity to register, instead of waiting until the last few days to crowd registration centres.