The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared that the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration, CVR, will be suspended 60 days before the beginning of the 2019 general election.
INEC disclosed that suspension is as a result of the amendment made to the nation’s electoral law, although it said the process will continue, after the election,
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Solomon Soyebi, issued a statement to that effect on Wednesday in Abuja.
Soyebi also announced that over four million Nigerians had been registered across the country since April 27, 2017.
His words: “The nationwide CVR is to afford all eligible Nigerians, 18 years and above, who did not register in the previous exercise, an opportunity to do so.
“So far over four million have registered across the country.
“The commission wishes to assure all eligible Nigerians that the CVR exercise is designed to continue indefinitely as envisaged by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“However, as provided for in Section 9 (5) of the Electoral Act (as amended), the CVR will be temporarily suspended 60 days to the commencement of the next General Elections scheduled for February 2019.
“The exercise will resume after the conclusion of the elections.
”The Commission encourages all eligible Nigerians to register at our offices in all local government headquarters and other officially designated areas across the country between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.”