The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has adjusted the date of the commencement of physical registration for the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration from July 19 to July 26.
It explained that the postponement became imperative following the declaration of public holidays by the Federal Government and other online registration hitches experienced by Nigerians.
The commission said that the one-week shift in the date followed the government’s declaration of July 20 and July 21 as public holidays.
The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, said that the commission met on Thursday and deliberated on a number of issues, including the commencement of the physical registration of voters and the scheduled appointments by online registrants.
He recalled that on Tuesday, July 13, the commission met with Resident Electoral Commissioners and noted that the commencement of the physical registration of voters scheduled for Monday July 19 might be affected by the public holidays.
“Also, facing the prospects of interruption of their registration schedules are some of the online registrants who have scheduled their appointments for the completion of their registrations on dates likely to clash with the same public holidays.
“The commission promised thereafter to meet on Thursday, July 15, to review the situation and provide clarity on the matter. This is what it has done.
“With the declaration of Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21, as public holidays by the Federal Government the date scheduled for the commencement of physical registration have to be adjusted. Consequently, the physical registration of voters will now commence on Monday, July 26.”
Okeye said that online registrants that have scheduled appointments from July 19 to July 23 would have their appointments rescheduled. He emphasised that the Continuous Voter Registration would run for a period of one year, assuring all Nigerians that no citizen eligible to register as a voter would be left behind.