As the 2023 general elections draws near, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the continuous voter registration will begin on 19th July.
Professor Yakubu Mahmood, the Chairman of the Commission stated this in Abuja on Friday during a press meeting.
He noted that the online registration portal will open 28th June, while the physical registration at its local government and states offices would commence on July 19.
He bemoaned the recent attacks on the Commission’s offices across the country. He said that they arrived at this decision because of the current security challenges in the country.
“Luckily, only buildings, equipment and materials have been destroyed. Although the attacks have subsided, the commission is still deeply worried by the threat that they can pose to registrants and our staff during the CVR.”
“As a result of this profound concern, the commission has made representations to government and had several discussions with stakeholders, including security agencies under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) political parties, civil society organisations and the media.”
“During these consultations, we shared our plans, hopes and concerns regarding the security threat that we currently face.”