2023 election: INEC to end voter registration July 31

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will end the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) for the 2023 election on July 31.

INEC national commissioner Festus Okoye in a statement on Friday said the commission’s extension of voter registration to mid-July has been extended till the end of July for all voter registration in the country.

Okoye explained that INEC “met in an extraordinary session today, Friday 15th July 2022, and discussed among other things, the suspension of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

“This followed the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court on Wednesday 13th July 2022 in which it dismissed the suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) which is seeking an extension of the exercise beyond 30th June 2022.

“The Court has affirmed that INEC is at liberty to appoint a date of its choice to suspend the CVR, provided it is not later than 90 days before the date fixed for the General Election as provided in Sec. 9(6) of the Electoral Act 2022.”

Okoye said INEC complied with the interim injunction of the Court pending the determination of the substantive suit to enable more Nigerians to register for voters cards beyond 30th June 2022.

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“For this reason, the CVR has already been extended beyond 30th June 2022 for a period of 15 days,” Okoye said.

“With the judgement of the Federal High Court, all legal encumbrances have now been removed. Accordingly, the Commission has taken the following decisions:

“The CVR is hereby extended for another two weeks until Sunday 31st July 2022, thereby bringing the total duration of the extension to 31 days (1st – 31st July 2022).

“The exercise has also been extended to eight hours daily from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm instead of the current duration of six hours (9.00 am – 3.00 pm) daily;

“The exercise is also extended to include weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) as against only weekdays.”