BREAKING: INEC react to calls for extension of Voters’ Registration Excercise

BREAKING: INEC react to calls for extension of Voters’ Registration Excercise

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ruled out the possibility of extending the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise, which is set to end on July 31, 2022.

Barr. Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, disclosed this in Awka, Anambra State, while speaking with journalists.

He stated that the CVR would be terminated in order for the commission to continue with its other constitutional responsibilities.

According to Okoye, at the end of the exercise, the commission would scrutinize the voters registers to clean up any instances of double registration, print permanent voters cards (PVC), and display voter registers across polling units, among other things.

He stated that those who registered or transferred their votes between January and June 2022 will receive their PVC in October, while those who enrolled in July will receive theirs in November 2022.

He also stated that as of July 25th, 2022, 276,767 registrants in Anambra State had completed their registration processes.

Okoye praised Anambra State stakeholders for their assistance to the commission throughout the exercise.

“We deployed a total of 110 INEC development devices to Anambra. 10 malfunctioned. 6 were repaired by our in house engineers and redeployed back to fields. As you know, the exercise was slowed down at some places in the South East for security purposes. And we devices mitigating measure to fortify it” he said

“In Anambra State, we trained some of our staff to assist in carrying out the exercise. By training some of our staff, we isolated those for transfer, replacement, and others. We trained our staff to assist in rendering the various services. We extracted clear protocol on how to carry out voters transfer.

“Few weeks we isolated places to carry out intervention; we took machines to markets, churches, NUJ, NYSC orientation camp and other places due to large concentration. This helped to mitigate the surging crowd. For complaints over performance of our staff, we developed a compliant desk for people to voice out their complaints. Over 50 complaints were received and treated. We carried intervention at 82 locations,” he stated.

While responding to questions concerning INEC’s level of preparation for the 2023 general elections, Okoye said that the commission was determined to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

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