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INEC Extends Deadline For CVR Registration While PVC Collection Continues - National Commissioner Reveals

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decided to extend the CVR to 31st August 2018. The exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres every day, including weekends, but excluding public holidays, between 9am and 5pm.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday by National Commissioner and member of the Commission's Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Mallam Mohammed Haruna, the decision was taken at the Commission's regular meeting held on Tuesday.
Mohammed recalled that the CVR commenced on 27th April, 2017, when the Commission decided to make the exercise truly continuous for the first time as envisaged under the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), by opening permanent registration centres in all the country's 774 local government areas and 672 other centres to make it an all-year round affair.

He said: "Nigerians who turn 18 years and who had not registered previously have an opportunity to register. Consequently, the current CVR has been going on for 16 months. As at 11th August 2018, the Commission has registered an additional 12, 139, 061 new voters.
He added: "In order to have enough time to clean up the provisional register and print the Permanent Voter's Card (PVC) in good time for the general elections, the Commission, after consultation with stakeholders, decided to suspend the exercise with effect from 17th August 2018, to resume after the elections.

"However, many Nigerians have appealed to the Commission to extend the exercise. Consequently, the Commission has decided to extend the CVR to 31st August 2018. The exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres every day, including weekends, but excluding public holidays, between 9am and 5pm. The Commission wishes to inform the public that the ongoing collection of PVCs will not end with the CVR exercise. Collection of PVCs will continue until close to the general elections."

Source: INEC

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