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INEC suspends voter registration in Lagos, others

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has placed a suspension on online pre-registration and in-person voter registrations in Lagos and other states.

INEC said that the suspension of Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) was to give room for all registrants to check for appropriateness of the information supplied during the registration to electoral officials.

The electoral commission stated that the stoppage on registration would afford its officials the opportunity to embark on other necessary housekeeping activities in preparation for the next quarters.

Through a statement released on Monday by its Head of Department, Voter Education/Publicity for Lagos, Femi Akinbiyi, INEC said that it has directed staff to stop voter registration.

The electoral umpire hinted that online pre-registration and in-person registration exercise started on 28th June 2021 and on the 26th July 2021 respectively.

According to the commission, the break is also to allow voters and Nigerians to raise objections (if any) about names that are not supposed to be on the register, like names of dead persons, foreigners, and Nigerians below the age of 18.

The Commission, therefore, enjoins all Lagosians to afford this golden opportunity to help in getting the correct information about all registrants in the state on INEC database.

“Names of registrants will be displayed for the public at the local government INEC offices in all the 20 Local Government Areas of the State throughout the days earmarked for the exercise”, INEC added.

The Statement reads in part: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Lagos State will as from Tuesday 21st September 2021 suspend the online pre-registration of voters that started on 28th June 2021 and in-person registration that commenced on the 26th July 2021 and thereafter embark on the display of voter register for claims and objections.

“The exercise based on the approved timelines and schedule will start on September 24th and end on the 30th of September 2021. The temporary CVR stoppage is to give room for all registrants to check for appropriateness or otherwise of their information supplied during the registration. The 7-day long activities are also to raise objections (if any) about names that are not supposed to be on the register, like names of dead persons, foreigners, and Nigerians below the age of 18. The Commission will also use the period for other necessary housekeeping (Backend) activities in preparation for the next quarters”.

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