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‘Extend Voter Registration Deadline By An Extra 60 Days’ – House of Reps to INEC

‘Extend Voter Registration Deadline By An Extra 60 Days’ – House of Reps to INEC

2023 polls:
@HouseNGR
seeks extension of voter registration by 60 days

The House of Representatives has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission
@inecnigeria
to prolong the Continuous Voter Registration deadline by an additional 60 (sixty) days from June 30, 2022.

This shall be within the absence of any extension made by INEC.

(*60*) mentioned this was to allow extra Nigerians to register and vote on the 2023 basic polls.

The {call} was contained in a decision the House handed throughout plenary in Abuja on Wednesday.

The session was presided over by the
@SpeakerGbaja
, Rep.
@Gbajabiamila
.
The decision adopted a movement of pressing public significance moved by a member from Abia State, Rep. Benjamin Kalu.
House of Reps NGR
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The House additionally requested the fee to deploy further Adhoc workers in registration centres to quicken the method of knowledge capturing and different necessities.

The House additional mandated its Committee on Electoral Matters to liaise with INEC and report on why there was a necessity for a voter registration deadline in Nigeria as in contrast to different jurisdictions the place residents may register up to every week to the elections.

Kalu’s movement reads partly, “The House notes that the continued Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is scheduled to finish on 30 June 2022, forward of the 2023 General Elections;

“Also notes that the choice to droop the voters’ registration is in keeping with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022 which requires INEC to droop voters’ registration at the least 60 days earlier than an Election;

“Aware that in April 2022, INEC declared that about 42% of the voter registrations recorded for the reason that graduation of Continuous Voters Registration on 28 June, 2021 had been invalid with about 20 million unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs);

“Cognizant of the big numbers of unregistered eligible voters keen to be registered as evidenced by
crowd seen at varied registration centres leading to congestion;

Concerned by stories of shortages of voter registration machines, insufficient manpower and personnel at registration centres which can lead to frustrations amongst potential registrants and in some instances, unrest at some registration centres;

“Also conscious of calls from involved Citizens and Civil Societies urging INEC to prolong the voters’ registration deadline to accommodate eligible voters needing to register for his or her Permanent Voters Cards;

“Further conscious that the fitting to vote is critically essential to the well being and legitimacy of our democracy, in addition to electoral integrity;

“Also cognizant that if nothing is done to improve the shortage of voter registration equipment and extend the deadline for voters registration, millions of Nigerians will be disenfranchised thus jeopardizing the integrity of the 2023 General Elections.”

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