August 17, Deadline for Voter Registration – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has said that August 17, 2018, is the deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration exercise which is ongoing.inec

INEC’s Public Affairs Officer, Gombe,  Mr. Mohorret Bigun, revealed this to NAN on Wednesday, August 1, insisting there will be no extension beyond the deadline.

However, he stated the exercise would resume after the 2019 General Elections scheduled from Feb. 26 and March 2.

Bigun noted that suspending the exercise till next year will allow it produce the Permanent Voter Cards, (PVCs) for distribution before the 2019 elections.

Adding that registration now includes on weekends and public holidays in order to enable more people to get registered.

Stating: “There will be no extension of ongoing registration beyond the Aug. 17 deadline. Those who are anticipating extension should go and register.

“From Aug. 1, we are going to operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday. This is to give room for those who are yet to turn up for the exercise.

“We have been directed to suspend the registration of voters until the 2019 general elections are concluded.

“The commission would not want to deny anyone the right to vote; hence the need to suspend the exercise temporarily to prepare for the general elections in 2019.’’

Noting that about 141,345 persons, comprising 55,407 (39 percent) females and 85,947 (61 percent) males have so far registered as at July 30.

While advising those who were yet to register to take advantage of the adjustment in the timetable.