Ahead of the 2019 general elections ,the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday disclosed that it will commence a nationwide Continuous Voter Registration exercise on Thursday, April 27.
Chairman of the Commission, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, who made the disclosure during a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) held at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja noted that the exercise which will take place in the 774 Local Government Areas will only hold on weekdays, between 9.00am and 3.00pm, excluding public holidays.
“Following consultations with political parties, civil society organizations and the media, the Commission convened a special meeting today with the RECs and Administrative Secretaries (ASs) from all the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to finalize its preparation for the commencement of the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration exercise.
“Specifically, the meeting considered the methodology, modalities and effective date for the commencement of the exercise nationwide and agreed as follows; that the nationwide CVR shall commence on Thursday April 27, 2017in each of the 774 LGA of the federation.
“The exercise shall take place on weekdays from 9.00am to 3.00pm excluding public holidays. The exercise is intended to enable citizens who have turned 18 years of age since the last registration as well as those who did not register during the last exercise to register as voters.
“It will also allow those seeking transfer of their registration from one State to another to do so. Distribute uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to those who could not collect them before or since the last General Elections. Enable citizens who have the Temporal Voters Cards (TVCs) but whose names are on the register to collect their PVCs,” he noted.