The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered 5.8 million people representing 29 percent of its initial projection ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Naija News recalls that the Chairman of the INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, had said that the electoral agency planned to register at least 20 million Nigerian voters before the end of June.
However, with barely a month left to INEC’s deadline, over 70 percent of the target INEC had thought would register have done so.
In a chat with The Punch, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the commission would not extend the deadline which is June 30.
He said that 9,238,991 fresh registrants had registered online as of May 16, adding that only 5,845,751 out of the figure had completed the physical registration process.
Oyekanmi, however, said anyone who fails to register before June 30 will have another opportunity when the CVR resumes after the 2023 general elections.
He said, “The commission will not extend the CVR (Continuous Voter Registration) which started on June 30 last year. For the first time ever, the commission introduced the online pre-registration option, to make it easier for eligible Nigerians to register.
“As of 7 am on Monday, May 16, there were 9,238,991 fresh registrants. But only 5,845,751 have completed the registration process so far. However, you will agree with me that one year is long enough for a serious individual to register as a voter.
“Anyone who fails to register before June 30 this year will have another opportunity when the CVR resumes after the 2023 general elections.”
This article was originally published on Nigeria News