Oct 22, 2020

With Only About 20 Months Left, Sign This Petition For INEC To Resume Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) | Adedunmade Onibokun




The Nigerian Electoral system is a work in progress, and one of its challenges is voter registration and collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVC). During the last election cycle, Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) across the country commenced on 27th April, 2017 and ended on the 31st of August, 2018. Though the exercise lasted for about 16 (Sixteen) months, many stakeholders and citizens called for an extension of the exercise.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as at the 11th of February, 2019, out of the 84,000,484 registered voters, over 11 million registered voters were yet to collect their PVCs, a figure that represents 13.7% of the total PVCs produced. Out of this figure, 7,817,905 PVCs were carried over from the 2014 to 2016 registration exercises, while 3,410,677 are from the last Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise held between April 2017 and August 2018.

 


Beginning the process of voter registration early allows INEC enough time to clean up the provisional register and print the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in good time for the general elections. Most importantly, it allows citizens enough time to be duly registered and obtain their Permanent Voters Card in order to be eligible to vote. The INEC Chairman has stated that we are now 848 days from the 2023 Presidential Elections, which allows INEC 27 months to plan for the election but only about 20 months to carry out its Continuous Voter Registration, assuming it resumes the exercise immediately.  

If 16 months was not enough time to carry out a voter registration exercise in 2018, I believe we should be taking advantage of the remaining 20 months. Moreso, because of the millions of voters who reached voting age, after the 2019 Elections, and the number of voters who were left unregistered in 2018, it is safe to assume that INEC has its work cut out for it as we prepare for the 2023 Elections.

So why hasn’t INEC resumed the Continuous Voters Registration exercise, despite the promises made in 2018, that the process will resume immediately after the 2019 elections? Are we already planning to fail at the 2023 elections?

Please sign this petition for INEC to resume Voter Registration ahead of the 2023 General Elections http://chng.it/tkzkp2JY via Change.org

Adedunmade Onibokun 

Partner, AOC Legal 

dunmadeo@yahoo.com 

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