The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said on Monday that it would not extend the Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, as demanded by some Nigerians.
It, however, said in order to give legitimate people the chance to register, it would set up registration points at its Local Government Area offices.
The second phase of the CVR began last Wednesday and ended on Monday.
The phase involved the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and 11 states namely Yobe, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ondo, Oyo Delta and Cross River.
While noting that it was concerned with the agitations for an extension in some quarters, the Commission said in a statement on Monday that it would be impossible to do so because of logistic challenges.
“Much as the Commission is eager to ensure that all legitimate persons who are yet to register as voters have the opportunity to do so, it is logistically impossible to extend this phase of the CVR beyond its scheduled deadline (i.e., Monday, August 25th, 2014),” the Commission said in the statement by Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to the its Chairman.
“But in order to give fair chance to legitimate registrants, the Commission will, on a date to be shortly announced, set up registration points at its Local Government Area (LGA) offices where people yet to do so can go to register.
“INEC notes with deep regret that old tendencies towards irregularity, such as partisans urging people to come out and do multiple registrations, largely accounted for the crowd clusters lingering at registration points set up for the CVR by the Commission. Many other people who have relocated since the last registration exercise and only needed to apply for their registration status to be transferred to their new location also turned up for fresh registration. When data are consolidated and de-duplication is carried out by INEC, all instances of multiple registrations will yet be eliminated. But, unfortunately, these sets of people obstructed legitimate registrants from having their turn at the registration points.”
The Commission appealed to anyone who had previously registered and already had their records in the biometric Register of Voters to avoid re-presenting themselves at any other place for registration.
It added that if a previously registered person relocated from where they registered they should simply apply for transfer of their registration data to the new location, as provided for by the electoral law.
INEC further stated that those who found their names on the register displayed ahead of the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, but were unable to collect their PVCs during the distribution period should go to their respective LGA office of INEC where the card would be awaiting collection.
“INEC again hereby urges all stakeholders in the electoral process to commit themselves to playing at all times by the rules in the collective quest to enthrone free, fair and credible elections,” the statement said.