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Over ten million fresh voters captured as registration nears end
EXACTLY 10,292,647 (ten million, two hundred and ninety-two thousand, six hundred and forty-seven) fresh voters have been captured so far in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which is expected to end by August 17 this year.
This was made known via a Tweeter message by Rotimi Oyekanmi, Media Adviser cum Chief Press Secretary to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu.
Update on Continuous Voter Registration as at 13th July, 2018.
1. Fresh Registration: 10,292,647
2. PVC Collected: 588,394
3. Transfer Requests: 510,756
4. PVC Replacment Requests: 818,821.
INEC will suspend CVR nationwide at 5pm on Aug 17 until after 2019 General Elections. pic.twitter.com/3Tyo2twq3X
— Rotimi L Oyekanmi (@rot1930) July 31, 2018
According to Oyekanmi, 588,394 permanent voter cards (PVCs) have been collected, while 510,756 had requested for a PVC transfer.
Also, a total of 818,821 requests were received for PVC replacement.
INEC had explained that the reason for stopping the voter registration exercise on August 17, was to enable the commission to being the process of printing the PVCs.
It assured that every registered voter will get his or her PVC before the 2019 general election.
“For those who registered in 2018 and those who intend to register, (they) will all get their PVCs before the 2019 general elections,” Yakubu said during a press conference in February.
“For now, we are giving priority attention to Ekiti and Osun governorship elections but all registered Nigerians will get their PVCs before the elections.”
The Ekiti governorship election was held on July 14, while that of Osun will hold on September 22.
INEC had also announced that the time for voter registration has been extended from 9 am to 5 pm daily instead of the 3 pm closing time that obtained in the past. Days for registration was also extended to include weekends and public holidays until the closing date.