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BREAKING: INEC agrees to extend voter registration by two months

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has agreed to extend the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise initially slated to end on June 30, June, 2022.

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters, Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku, disclosed this on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, while briefing fellow lawmakers on the committee’s efforts to ensure implementation of a House resolution reached last week.

She told the House that; “The Committee held a meeting with INEC yesterday (Tuesday) and they agreed to extend the CVR, all our resolutions were approved.”

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The House of Representatives had last Wednesday urged INEC to extend the deadline for the continuous voter registration by an extra 60 days from June 30, 2022, to enable more Nigerians to register.

The House also called on the Commission to deploy additional staff and voter registration machines across the country to meet the objective.

The chairman, House Committee on media and publicity, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, through a motion, had noted that the ongoing CVR by INEC was scheduled to end on June 30 ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This development is also coming after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on June 20, 2002, stopped the INEC from going ahead with its plan to end the ongoing voter registration exercise on June 30.

The ruling was made on an application for an interim injunction by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 185 other concerned Nigerians.

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