This was according to a statement made by the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at the Public Presentation of INEC’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan (SP) and 2023 Election Project Plan (EPP) in Abuja.
The chairman affirmed that the schedule for the 2023 general elections remain unchanged and enjoined all stakeholders to join hands with the commission to make the process a success.
Recall that INEC in June 2021 announced the commencement across the country. The voter registration involved online biometric verifications as well as physical registration at designated centres.
Mahmood in a conference in March 2022 stated that millions of Nigerians have visited INEC State and Local Government offices to register in person without the option of going through the online procedure. He added that for the pre-registration option, 1,014,382 registrants completed the process while 1,509,076 Nigerians registered in person at designated registration centres nationwide.
The chairman also stated that 671,106 Nigerians submitted requests to update their records, transfer their registration from where they are currently registered to other locations, or the replacement of their lost or damaged PVCs.
Prof. Mahmood statement at the INEC Public Presentation reads in parts: “We have carefully listened to the demand of Nigerians for seamless processes, particularly with regard to enhanced voter education, better distribution of voters to polling units, quality training of election personnel, functionality of electronic devices, improved logistics, prompt commencement of polls, availability of assistive devices for persons with disability at polling units and greater transparency in result management. We are also aware of the security challenges and their impact on the electoral process.
“We will continue to engage early and intensely with the security agencies to ensure the safety of our personnel and materials, accredited observers and the media and, above all, the voters.
“Clearly, these are challenging times but we are determined that election must hold in 2023. However, this is a shared responsibility.
“INEC plays a critical role but the Commission alone cannot deliver the elections we all desire. I therefore appeal to all Nigerians to joins hands with us in ensuring that we make a success of the process.
“Let once again reiterate that the dates for all activities in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election are firm and fixed and all stakeholders are advised to take this into consideration in planning their activities.
“The ongoing Continuous Voter registration (CVR) exercise will be end on 30th June 2022 and all eligible voters that are yet to register are advised to do so on or before that date if they intend to vote.” He said.