The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has hinted at the possibility of suspending the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration.

INEC gave the hint during its quarterly consultative meeting with the media on Thursday in Abuja.

At the meeting, INEC stated that it needed to suspend the exercise in good time in order to complete the procedures required for data processing, production and distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards.

The Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) states that “the registration of voters, updating and revision of register voters under this section shall stop not later than 60 days before any election covered by this Act’’.

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INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, speaking at the meeting, said from previous experience, the timeline required from the close of registration to the point of production and issuance of PVCs to prospective voters was about 120 days. 

“This time span is required for the purpose of claims and objections and other backed activities including running the Business Rules and Automated Fingers Identification System (AFIS).

“Another 30 days is required from the date of PVC production to the point of issuance to registered voters for the purpose of quality assurance, packaging and movement from the Central Store to the respective state and Local Government Area offices.’’

Yakubu also said the commission has ended CVR in Ekiti and Osun States ahead of 2019 general election.

He said that the commission had already concluded the exercise at ward level in the two states where governorship elections will be conducted in July and September respectively.

Yakubu noted that the commission would give the needed attention to collection of PVCs to ensure that the prospective owners are not disenfranchised.

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