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NEC warns against multiple registration as CVR opens for Edo, Ondo

NEC warns against multiple registration as CRV opens for Edo, Ondo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned electorate against multiple registration, saying persons who are registered as voters should not attempt to register again as double or multiple registration is illegal.

This is even as it stated that the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in Edo and Ondo States would resume from May 27 to June 5, 2024.

Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, who gave the caution at the second regular quarterly consultative meeting with media organisations at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, reiterated that the CVR is only open to new registrants and those who seek to transfer their registration,

He said, “Early this week, the Commission announced the plan to resume the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) as part of our preparations for the Edo and Ondo State Governorship elections. The CVR in the two States will enable eligible citizens who are not registered voters to do so.

“Similarly, registered voters also have the opportunity to transfer their registration from other States of the Federation to Edo and Ondo States or from one location to another within the States. Lost or damaged voters’ cards will be replaced during the exercise.

“The CVR will take place simultaneously in the two States from Monday 27th May 2024 to Wednesday 5th June 2024 from 9.00am to 3.00pm daily including the weekend.”

He appealed to media organisations in the Country to join INEC in mobilising prospective registrants for the exercise.

Yakubu said the media could assist the Commission particularly on emphasising the need to register early and not wait until the deadline approaches when the registration centres will be inundated by eleventh hour registrants.

“The Commission therefore appeals to the media to join us in mobilising prospective registrants for the exercise, particularly on the need to register early and not wait until the deadline approaches when the registration centres will be inundated by eleventh hour registrants.”

“The Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in the two States will enable eligible citizens who are not registered voters to do so. Similarly, registered voters also have the opportunity to transfer their registration from other States of the Federation to Edo and Ondo States or from one location to another within the States. Lost or damaged voters’ cards will be replaced during the exercise.

“The CVR will take place simultaneously in the two States from Monday 27th May 2024 to Wednesday 5th June 2024 from 9.00am to 3.00pm daily including the weekend. Let me reiterate that the CVR is only open to new registrants and those who seek to transfer their registration. Persons who are registered as voters should not attempt to register again as double or multiple registration is illegal.

“Still on our preparations for the two Governorship elections, the Commission has published the final list of candidates for Edo following the conclusion of party primaries and the end of the period for withdrawal and substitution of candidates as provided in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election”, he added.