The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced its plan to temporarily halt the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise on August 17.
This announcement was made known to Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) through a memo put out by the Secretary to the Electoral Commission, Augusta Ogakwu.
Ogakwu announced that the exercise will be “temporarily suspended on August 17 to enable sufficient time for data capture and production of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).”
According to Sahara Reporters, Ogakwu explained that impeaching the suspension decision was taken after consultations with stakeholders regarding the electoral process, especially pertaining to the voter registration.
“The stakeholders expressed satisfaction with the commission’s preparedness for the conduct of the 2019 general election and enjoined the commission to continue to do more to ensure free, fair and credible elections,” read the memo, dated July 6.
“On the CVR, the stakeholders noted the need to comply with statutory timelines and unanimously agreed that sufficient time be given between the data capture, processing and production of PVCs.
“Based on the recommendations of the stakeholders and taking into consideration the statutory obligations to end the revision, update, certification and publication of the voters’ register for the general elections, the commission decided to suspend the ongoing CVR at 3.00pmon Friday, 17th August, 2018 until after the general election.”
While registration closes on this date, collection of PVCs will continue until a week to the commencement to general election on February 16, 2019.
“The commission will undertake, overhaul and intensify its publicity initiatives in order to ensure that all qualified Nigerians who wish to register are able to do so and collect their PVCs before the general election,” Sahara Reporters quoted her.