Ahead of gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States later this year, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has scheduled to hold Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, exercise from Wednesday, 22 to Sunday, 26, June, 2016.
According to the commission, the CVR exercise will take place at the registration area centres/wards daily from 9am to 4pm.
According to a statement from the INEC chairman’s office, the five-day exercise will provide an opportunity for those who are eligible but did not register before the 2015 general elections, those who are eligible, but whose names are not in the register of voters, and those who have attained the age of 18 since the last voter registration exercise to get registered.
The statement said, “Every person who is qualified for registration and who has presented himself/herself for registration shall be registered with the following:The registrant’s name, age, gender, occupation, address within the area, the registrant’s phone number and or e-mail address (optional).
“Other information includes the registrant’s photograph, name of the state where registration is taking place, name of the local government area/area council of registration, name and code number of the registration unit, the registrant’s 10 fingerprints, and national identity card number (where available).
“The commission, however, warns that no person shall register in more than one registration centre, or register more than once in the same registration centre. Any person who registers in more than one registration centre commits an offence, and is liable to prosecution. Only eligible voters who have registered and have their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, will be allowed to vote in the Edo and Ondo governorship elections scheduled for Saturday, 10th September and Saturday, 26th November, 2016, respectively, and the Smart Card Reader, SCR, will be deployed to verify and authenticate eligible voters during accreditation for the two elections.”
The commission further reiterated that at any time during the continuous registration of voters, an applicant may apply to the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state where the voter is currently resident, through the registration officer to be transferred to a new constituency, provided that this is done not later than 45 days before the dates of the two governorship elections.


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