The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will open an online portal for eligible voters who are currently not on the country’s voter’s register, to get registered ahead of the General Election in 2023.
INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this at a consultative meeting with media practitioners in Abuja on Monday.
He noted that the portal will help address the challenge of over-crowding at the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) centers.
According to him, the commission will continue the exercise on a quarterly basis for one year, beginning from Monday, June 28, 2021.
“Registration of eligible Nigerians as voters is one of the immediate tasks before the commission. Consequently, in the next one week, from Monday, June 28, the commission will resume continuous voter’s registration.”
Also in a statement released after the meeting, the Chairman said that online registration will help to reduce the burden of long queues during CVR.
He said, “In the next one week, Monday 28th June 2021, the Commission will resume the Continuous Voter Registration nationwide.
“In doing so, the Commission is introducing a portal to enable eligible Nigerians to commence registration as voters online before completing the exercise physically at designated centres nationwide.”
“This is the first time a major exercise of this nature is handled partially online, consistent with the Commission’s commitment to continue to deepen the use of technology in the electoral process in Nigeria.
“Just like the expansion of voter access to Polling Units, the Commission appeals to the media for support so that this novel idea will also be successful.”
The INEC Boss also noted that the exercise will last for a year.
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