The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has agreed to extend the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise by 60 days. The initial deadline for voters’ registration was at the end of June 2022. SERAP and 185 concerned Nigerians had filed the lawsuit against INEC asking the court to “declare unconstitutional, illegal, and incompatible with international standards the failure of the electoral body to extend the deadline for voter registration to allow eligible Nigerians to exercise their rights.”
INEC extends Voters' Card registration by 60 days
The current failure of the Nigerian Government has attributed to a lot of hurts and setbacks. Ranging from the incured national debts, to the failure of the Educational system, to the failure of the Health sector, even to the very Sports sector. Nigeria, which was once the Giant of Africa, is now tagged among the Poorest nations of the world. This is why masses are very intentional about exercising their franchise and INEC is trying to be a hindrance to that.
Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of Court 10 granted an order of interim injunction following the hearing of an argument on motion expert by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) In response to this. The House of Representatives last Wednesday urged INEC to extend the deadline for continuous voter registration by an extra 60 days from June 30, 2022, to enable more Nigerians to register. They also called on the Commission to deploy additional staff and voter registration machines across the country to meet the objective.
Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters, Aishatu Jibril Dukku disclosed this while briefing fellow lawmakers on the committee’s efforts to ensure the implementation of a House resolution reached last week. “The Committee held a meeting with INEC yesterday (Tuesday) and they agreed to extend the CVR, all our resolutions were approved,” Dukku told members of the House at plenary on Wednesday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has agreed to extend the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise initially slated to end at the end of June 2022. The chairman of the House Committee on media and publicity, Benjamin Kalu, through a motion, had noted that the ongoing CVR by INEC was scheduled to end on June 30 ahead of the 2023 general elections. Generally, there has been an increase in number of people flooding various voters’ registration centers across the country.