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Governor Masari asks INEC to extend deadline for voters registration

Governor Masari asks INEC to extend deadline for voters registration

- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is under pressure to continue voters registration ahead of the 2019 elections

- Governor Aminu Masari is one of those canvassing for the electoral commission to extend the exercise

- The governor expressed fears that even with the extension of the exercise, many eligible voters have not registered

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state has called on INEC to extend the deadline of the continuous voters registration nationwide, Vanguard reports.

The governor expressed fears that even with the last extension of the exercise, many eligible voters have not registered.

According to him, extending the exercise further will enable eligible voters register and partake in the 2019 general elections. He made the appeal when he inspected one of the registration centres in Katsina local government area at the expiration of the two weeks extension deadline of the exercise.

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He expressed fears that even with the two weeks registration extension deadline, many eligible voters may be denied the right to exercise their franchise during the general election.

Expressing his concerns, the governor said: “All the prospective voters I saw on the queue were young people. I think most of them are just turning 18 and I am impressed by this large turnout because it shows how serious people are to express their franchise during elections.

“But with the pace at which they are being registered, I doubt if INEC can cover the large crowd of people I see trooping to the registration centres. So I appeal to INEC to extend the deadline for the voter registration."

Responding, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Alhaji Jibril Zarewa, said: “We assure that it will not close until everybody is registered. We are not going to send anybody away. Now, the suspension of CVR is not stoppage of the process. It is to allow for the processing of the voters cards.”

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INEC had slated Friday, August 17, as deadline for the exercise, after which it extended the deadline by another two weeks that elapsed on Friday, August 31.

Meanwhile, INEC has announced that it is partnering with the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to send messages to owners of the uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) across the nation.

National commissioner of INEC, Soyebi Adedeji, made this known on Monday, September 3, in Abuja at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue Session on the forthcoming Osun governorship election.

Adedeji said that the measure became imperative in order to remind Nigerians of their civic duty so as to ensure a successful electoral process. He said that the number of uncollected PVCs with the commission was of great concern, adding that this number could determine who wins or loses elections.

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