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INEC suspends CVR in FCT ahead of council poll

By Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
10 December 2021   |   3:27 am
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ahead of the February 12, 2022 area council election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Festus Okoye

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ahead of the February 12, 2022 area council election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.

He said the temporary suspension will take effect from Sunday, December 12, 2021, and that the Commission has also suspended services for all voter updates, transfers, and reviews in relation to the FCT.

Okoye said: “By Section 9(5) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the registration of voters, updating and revision of the register of voters shall stop not later than 60 days before any election covered by the Act. Consequently, the Commission will, in compliance, suspend further registration of voters in the FCT with effect from December 12, 2021.

“To contain the anticipated upsurge as CVR winds down in the FCT, the Commission has deployed additional INEC Voter Enrolment Devices (IVEDs) to registration centres. A total of 17 IVEDs have been distributed. All appointments beyond December 12, 2021 have been rescheduled and notifications sent to the affected persons through email.”

“The Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) of new registrants will be printed and made available for collection immediately after the required processes have been completed and well ahead of the election scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2021.”