The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will suspend its continuous voters’ registration exercise 60 days before the commencement of the next general elections.

According to a statement on Wednesday by Solomon Soyebi, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), the decision is due to the recent change in the electoral law.

INEC, on April 27, 2017, started the CVR exercise nationwide to afford all eligible Nigerians, 18 years and above, who were yet to do so an opportunity to register.

The commission said that over 4 million Nigerians have registered so far across the country.

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The exercise was designed to continue indefinitely. However, the Commission said the new amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 has brought about a change.

“The commission wishes to assure all eligible Nigerians that the CVR exercise is designed to continue indefinitely as envisaged by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“However, as provided for in Section 9 (5) of the Electoral Act (as amended), the CVR will be temporarily suspended 60 days to the commencement of the next General Elections scheduled for February 2019. The exercise will resume after the conclusion of the elections.

”The Commission encourages all eligible Nigerians to register at their offices in all local government headquarters and other officially designated areas across the country between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

”Full information about the designated areas can be obtained from the commission’s state offices.”

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