The sit-at-home in Southeastern Nigeria has affected the exercise.
Nigeria’s ruling electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the timeline for the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in the Southeast region of Nigeria. This information was made public by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Enugu State, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, during an INEC Engagement with Critical Stakeholders on the Ongoing Fourth Quarter of the voters’ registration exercise.
Ononamadu disclosed that the decision of INEC to extend the timeline for the CVR in the Southeast is owing to the sit-at-home order of the secessionist Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) which has seen residents stay home on Mondays since the arrest of the group’s leader Nnamdi Kanu by the government. Ononamadu said: “It is now from 9 am to 5 pm but previously from 9 am to 3 pm.”
The electoral chief went further to blame the low CVR turnout in the region on fear, insecurity, and myopic view of certain individuals that votes do not count in Nigeria, and called on stakeholders to mobilize more registrants for the exercise in Enugu State while lamenting that registration figure for the State is low: “after three-quarters of CVR registration we are having about 31,000 in Enugu State.”
Ononamadu further revealed that the fourth quarter of the exercise will see INEC move registrations to political wards and create means for the transfer of polling units for the newly created 1,000 polling units in Enugu State.
“The new polling units will make polling booths closer, polling activities seamless and easy; while INEC will publish the new polling units by next week and paste it in public places within the state,’’
“We have done only 3,000 transfers in the state and our people should make more transfers to the new polling units to lessen distance and cumbersomeness.
“I am appealing to the media, traditional rulers, Presidents-General, religious leaders and youth leaders to help us mobilise and enlighten our people on the need to go for their CVR registration.’’
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