- INEC has begun making preparations for the country's next general elections in 2023
- The electoral commission on Thursday, April 1, declared that Continuous Voters Registration will resume on June 28
- INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure at a press conference in Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise will resume on June 28 across the country.
Speaking on Thursday, April 1, the electoral commission's chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known while addressing pressmen during a media briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Professor Yakubu in a series of tweets shared on the commission's Twitter page explained that the exercise could not recommence majorly as a result of COVID-19.
He went on to note that the commission has set aside the Direct Data Capture Machine, and would introduce a new device, INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED).
The INEC boss revealed that the new device was developed by its in-house software engineers to be compatible with the android operating system.
He hinted that the engineers were also developing a portal where Nigerians can register for the exercise to reduce the usual rush experienced and avoid breach of the COVID-19 protocols.
INEC chairman also said the National Identity Number (NIN) would not be made mandatory for the registration exercise.
However, he mentioned that NIN could be used at the point of registration as part of the means of identification.
While stressing that emphasis would be on Anambra state, INEC chairman added that the registration would be conducted in one year.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that INEC stated that the next presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.
The electoral commission's chairman made this known during a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, October 15, 2020.
The INEC boss while inaugurating a special Adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution, charged members of the House of Representatives to make a swift move on the amendment.