JUST IN: INEC considers extension of voter registration

Mouthpiece NGR reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it is considering extending the continuous voter registration process.

In a tweet sighted by Mouthpiece NGR correspondent on Saturday, the electoral body wrote on her official page on twitter.

“We have heard your requests loud & clear. You will soon hear from us on the extension of CVR registration,” the chairman of the agency, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said in a tweet on its official handle.

“Please assure me that you will register, pick your PVCs, and Vote. I also assure you that your vote will count.”

His remarks came in response to calls from a variety of quarters for the body to extend the registration period, which was set to end on June 30.

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), a coalition of civil society organizations, called for an extension of the deadline on Friday.

“Citizens have now intensified their efforts in registering for their Permanent Voter’s Card,” the CSOs believe (PVC).

“Several Nigerians have also petitioned INEC to extend the registration period so that they can register to obtain a PVC. Large crowds have been reported at INEC offices across the country, according to the Situation Room.”

On the same day, the commission admitted there is a surge in PVC registration across the country.

“In response, the Commission has immediately released additional 209 machines deployed mainly to the five South Eastern States, Lagos, and Kano where the pressure is most acute,” the Chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee Festus Okoye said

“The Commission will monitor the situation over the next few days. Thereafter, it will meet to review the progress of the exercise.”

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