The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed what will happen if the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) is extended once more.
According to the DAILY POST, there has been a push for an extension of the CVR deadline, which expired on Sunday.
However, speaking on the development, Mr Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner for Information and Voters Education, stated that granting the extension would jeopardize other scheduled activities leading up to the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
Okoye stated on Monday’s Arise TV show in Abuja that CVR could not be extended.
“If every individual who is legally qualified to register registers, and we projected that we should give people enough time,” he says. That is why we spread out the voter registration process over 13 months to allow all eligible registrants to come to our local government and state offices and register.
“Unfortunately, the deluge, the surge, began to build up just two weeks before the registration period ended.” We extended the voter registration period by another month due to the overwhelming response. Not only that, but we also deployed additional staff and INEC machines to all of the registration areas.
“We extended the registration period from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we also included Saturdays and Sundays.” But, unfortunately, we must end this process because we cannot go on indefinitely, and our electoral process is constitutionally and legally limited, and if we continue with the CVR exercise indefinitely, it will harm our timelines and schedules of activities for the 2023 general elections.”