Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it will commence a continuous voter registration on April 27 across the 774 local governments of the country. A statement by INEC National Commissioner, Mrs. AminaZakari, said the decision was taken in Abuja during a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
It said that the exercise would take place between 9am and 3pm on weekdays, excluding public holidays. According to the statement, the registration centres shall be the local government offices of the commission or such other suitable locations as would be made public by the State Offices of lNEC.
The Statement added that the exercise is intended to enable citizens who have turned eighteen years of age since the last registration as well as those who did not register during the last exercise to register as voters. It will also allow those seeking transfer of their registration from one State to another or within a State from polling unit to another to do so.
The exercise also intends to enable the distribution of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to those who could not collect them before or since the last general elections. However, the commission advised those who were already registered not to do so again as it is an offence to register more than once.