2023: INEC Announces Date For Suspension of Online Voter Pre-Registration Exercise

2023: INEC Announces Date For Suspension of Online Voter Pre-Registration Exercise

  • Ahead of the political primaries exercise in the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission revealed it would suspend the online voter pre-registration exercise
  • The nation's electoral body stated that the move is necessary for the commission to room for all online registrants to check for appropriateness and further complete their registration before June 30
  • Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, noted that this exercise would enable the electoral body to clean up the registration data ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would suspend the online voter pre-registration exercise on Monday, May 30.

INEC had said the online pre-registration and physical registration will subsist simultaneously until the CVR exercise is suspended on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Reason for the suspension

But speaking on Wednesday, May 11, at the second quarterly meeting with civil society organisations for 2022, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said the online pre-registration will end in May, The Cable reports.

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Hon. chairman INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at the consultative meeting with Civil Society Organizations(CSOs) at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, on Wednesday, May 11. Photo credit: INEC Nigeria
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He said this would give time to those who registered online to complete their registration physically and would enable the commission to clean up the registration data.

He said:

“As you are aware, the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise ends next month i.e. 30th June 2022. Both the online pre-registration as well as the physical registration at designated centres are taking place simultaneously.
“However, online pre-registrants would require time to schedule appointments to complete their registration physically at designated centers. For this reason, the commission has decided to suspend the online registration in the next three weeks, that is, May 30, 2022.
“This will enable the online registrants to complete their registration physically at the designated centres before the exercise is suspended on June 30, 2022. This will enable the commission to clean up the registration data, print the permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) and compile the register ahead of the 2023 general election.”

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Despite the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act, eighteen registered political parties under the auspices of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) have called for the adjustment of the timetable for the 2023 general elections.

Meanwhile, the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published the timetable for the 2023 elections shortly after the 2022 Electoral Act was signed into law.

But INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu in reaction to the call said there would be no review of the timeline for the party primaries.

INEC chairman to join presidential race? Commission clears air

The chairman of INEC, Prof Yakubu Mahmood, had no plans of joining the 2023 presidential race.

This was disclosed by the electoral commission in a statement shared on its official Twitter handle on Sunday, May 8.

Reacting to comments and insinuations in some quarters that Mahmood may just surprise Nigerians by picking the presidential nomination forms, the commission declared that “It will not happen”. It added that it is a preposterous proposition.

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The statement partly read:

"The chairman remains an umpire committed to free, fair and credible elections. His constitutional responsibilities as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Federation and Returning Officer for the presidential election are onerous enough for him to even contemplate straying into extraneous matters at variance with the law, morality and his personal principles."

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