INEC News Bulletin
INEC TO SUSPEND CVR AUGUST 17
After series of consultative meetings with election stakeholders, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said it would suspend the on-going nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, on August 17 2018.
This was contained in a statement signed and issued by the National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Prince Solomon A. Soyebi, today.
The Commission said the decision to suspend the exercise was based on recommendations of stakeholders which include Political Parties, the Media, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Security Agencies.
The statement read in part: “On the CVR, the stakeholders noted the need to comply with statutory timelines and unanimously agreed that sufficient time be given between the capture of data, its processing and the production of the PVCs
“Given the backend activities necessary for this, the Commission, acting on the recommendation of the stakeholders and taking into consideration the statutory obligations to end the revision, update, certification and publication of the Register of Voters for the general elections, has decided to suspend the ongoing CVR at 3pm on Friday, 7th August 2018 until after the general elections”.
The Commission however assured that the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) would continue until a week to the commencement of general elections on 16th February, 2019.
2019: INEC SEEKS STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION ON VOTER SENSITIZATION
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called for collaboration from Political Parties, Civil Society Organizations and the Media on sensitization and Voter Education for the 2019 General Elections.
Chairman of INEC, Professor Yakubu Mahmood made the appeal during separate meetings with Members of the Civil Society Organizations, leadership of political Parties and the Media in Abuja this week.
Prof. Mahmood also expressed concern over the 7million uncollected PVCs lying in INEC offices across the country, adding that about 10 million fresh registrants have been recorded so far in the on-going nationwide Continuous Voter Registration Exercise.
The Chairman posited that by the time the PVCs of fresh registrants are available for collection, there would be about 17 million PVCs waiting for collection. “As we approach the 2019 General Elections, we need your support in many ways, especially voter education and sensitization,” he said.
Speaking further on the need for support from the CSOs and the Media, the Chairman said: “With 68 political parties and 136 applications being processed, we need to raise the awareness of citizens on the manifestos, logos and acronyms of political parties.
“Similarly, we need to find different ways of managing the ballot papers for the General Elections. As a proactive step, the Commission has been working on a number of options regarding the design of the ballot paper and the management of the ballot box,” he said.
Professor Yakubu hinted that the Commission may have to suspend the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in August to enable the Commission complete the procedures required fpr data processing, production and distribution of PVCs ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Responding to a question raised about actualizing Prisoner Voting, Professor Yakubu explained that the Commission had been working with the Nigerian Prison Service to get data about inmates who were eligible to vote and assured that it was only a matter of time before Prisoners become part of the electoral process.
On Ekiti governorship election, the National Commissioner supervising both states, Prince Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, called for the Collaboration of the media and CSO’s in curbing incidences of vote buying and implored them to report any of such cases to the appropriate authorities for necessary action.
Prince Soyebi explained that the Commission would be deploying Enhanced Smart Card Readers for the Ekiti governorship election as was piloted in the Ibarapa bye election in Oyo state recently.
Meanwhile both Media Executives and CSO’s in separate communiqués after their meetings implored the Commission to ensure all qualified Nigerians are registered.
“This should, however, take cognizance of the time required by the Commission for the processing of the data as well as production and collection of PVCs”.
The Communiqué for the Media was jointly signed by the Editor of Nigerian Pilot, Austin Eshemokha Maho and Head Reportorial at African Independent Television (AIT), Gbenga Arolegba and National Commissioner, Mallam Mohammed Haruna for INEC, While that of the CSOs was co-signed by Yemi Ademolekun of EIE Nigeria, Ambassador Paddy Njoku pf INILAG, and Mallam Mohammed Haruna for INEC.
Both Media and CSO’s also agreed to support the Commission in advocacy for PVC collection even as the implored Nigerians to collect their PVCs as a matter of urgency; commended the Commission for the recent innovations and advised the Commission to suspend the exercise by mid-August to allow for the production of PVCs.
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