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INEC Commences Physical Voter Registration

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced physical/in-person voter registration on Monday, 26th July in its 811 state and local government offices nationwide. The Commission began the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise on 28th June, offering eligible Nigerian citizens access to engage in a pre-registration exercise online. Persons who have pre-registered online can now schedule an appointment to provide their biometric details at INEC’s state and local government offices to complete their registration process. Also, Nigerians who prefer to carry out their entire registration process physically can do so now at the designated centres.

Two weeks into the CVR exercise, INEC had stated that following the commencement of in-person registration at its state and local government offices, it would observe the security situation in the country before setting up mobile registration centres, which is expected to bring the total number of registration centres in the country to 2,673.

Giving an update on the voter registration process, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye announced that as at 7:00 am on Monday, 26th July, the number of new registrants since the CVR commenced four weeks ago, stood at 1,006,661, out of which 740,063 (73.5%) are young Nigerians aged between 18 and 34 years. He enjoined eligible Nigerian citizens who are yet to register, to approach the Commission’s offices to do so.