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INEC begins voter registration today

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…Targets 20m new voters

INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission (INEC) today, resumes Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ahead of the 2023 general elections.

  About 31 organisations were accredited by INEC to observe the exercise while 20 more applications were being processed with over 5346 officials deployed to 2673 registration centres nationwide.

  Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, stated this in chat with newsmen saying the exercise, which  would be carried out continuously for over a year until the third quarter of 2022, will be targeting at least 20 million new voters.

  According to him, INEC will prosecute anyone who provided false information during the exercise, INEC had said it would be deploying.

  “We are concerned about the security issues in some parts of the country. The commission would be deploying 5346 officials to 2673 registration centers. What happens if any of these staff is abducted? Our responsibility is to conduct credible election and also protect our staff.  

  The security agencies are also facing challenges and there have been concerns that INEC officials might be target of criminals. The success of the exercise depends to a considerable extent on citizens’ awareness through voter education. There will be new registrants, requests for intra-State and inter-State transfers as well as the replacement of voters’ cards as provided by law,” he said.

  It will be recalled that the commission had created 56, 872 additional polling units across the country.

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