Unic Press UK: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s electoral body, says it will temporarily suspend the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), with effect from the 17th August 2018, and remain so until the 2019 General Elections holds. However, the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) will continue until the 16th February 2019.
In a press statement, INEC Assistant Director for Publicity, Chinwe Ogbuka, said:
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it will suspend the nationwide Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise, which commenced on April 27, 2017 on August 17.
“According to a statement issued on July 6 and signed by National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Prince Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, the decision was reached after consultations with major stakeholders comprising Political Parties, Civil Society Organizations, Security Agencies and the Media.
“Given the backend activities necessary for this and acting on the recommendation of the stakeholders after taking into consideration, the statutory obligations to end the revision, update, certification and publication of the Register of Voters for the general elections, the Commission decided to suspend the ongoing CVR at 3pm on Friday, August 17, 2018.
“The statement added that the collection of PVCs would however continue until a week preceding the commencement of the general elections on February16, 2019.“