The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced it will commence a continuous voter registration on April 27 across the 774 local councils of the federation.
The commission who disclosed this in a statement signed by Mrs. Amina Zakari, INEC National Commissioner, after a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECS) and Administrative Secretaries from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, said the exercise is to enable those without their voter’s cards to do so to partake in the forthcoming general elections.
INEC said the exercise would take place from 9 a.m to 3 p.m on weekdays (Mondays to Fridays), excluding public holidays.
According to the statement, the registration centres would be the local government offices of the commission or other suitable locations that would be made public later by the State Offices of lNEC.
The exercise will continue at the local council level till few months to the conduct of the 2019 general elections and will be later scaled down towards the polling units to ensure an all-inclusive exercise.
The continuous voter registration exercise, according to Yakubu, is mainly targeted at those seeking transfer to other places, those who were under-age during the last exercise, Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) and those who lost their cards.
“ 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 allow those seeking transfer of their registration from one State to another or within a State from polling unit to another to do so.
“The exercise also intends to enable the distribution of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to those who could not collect them before or since the last general elections.
“It will also enable citizens who have the Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs) but whose names are on the register to collect their PVCs.”
However, the commission advised those who were already registered not to do so again as it is an offence to register more than once.
He also said:
“The commission wishes to reiterate its commitment to consolidating our democracy.
“This we are going to do by ensuring that citizens are given the opportunity to register as voters on a continuous basis as enshrined in the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) well before elections.”
It, therefore, appealed to all citizens to cooperate with the commission to ensure the success of the exercise.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had earlier said the registration would be a routine exercise once it commences.