INEC Set To Begin Voters’ Registration In 2021

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INEC Announces Date For 2023 General Elections

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise will commence in the first quarter of 2021 ahead.

The chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu made this known during a budget defence session with the Senate Committee on INEC.

He disclosed that the sum of N1billion has also been earmarked by INEC for the voters’ registration exercise.

The INEC boss made a case for diaspora voting while calling on the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act to accommodate diaspora and early voting.

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Yakubu also sought the approval of the Senate to spend N5.2 billion from the special INEC fund to make up for the shortfall in the 2020 budget which was cut because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is worthwhile to note that the voters’ registration exercise which was initially scheduled to commence in October 2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chief Press Secretary to the chairman of the commission, Rotimi Oyekan explained then that the virus was still very much in the country and CVR is a national exercise that requires the mobilisation of a lot of equipment, materials, and personnel.

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