Again, INEC extends CVR to Nigerians… warns against political campaigning
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again extended the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in the country until further notice.
It was even as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) warned political parties and their proxies against hiding under the guise of the ongoing voter registration exercise to engage in any form politics or campaigns.
The commission made this position known in a statement signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Voter Information and Education Committee, Festus Okoye Esq, in Abuja yesterday.
The statement reads: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today (Thursday 30 June 2022) and deliberated on a number of issues including the Continuous Voter Registration exercise ( CVR), the issuance of certified true copies (CTC). ) documents and the start of the downloading of the list and personal data of the candidates for the office of governor and the National Assembly.
“Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) will continue across the country, and all Resident Election Commissioners and Election Officials have been asked to continue the exercise pending further guidance from the commission.
“The commission has consistently reiterated its determination to continue providing electoral services. The commission has once again deployed additional machinery to pressure areas and will continue to serve the people of Nigeria.
“Furthermore, the matter in the Federal High Court relating to the CVR deadline arose yesterday Wednesday, June 29, 2022 and, based on the Commission’s request, the Court granted an expedited hearing and adjourned the hearing. until Monday, July 4, 2022 for the hearing of the case on the merits. The committee will provide an update after the hearing next week.
“The Commission has been inundated with CTC requests for various documents. So far, 186 CTC requests, some spanning hundreds of pages, have been processed. The Commission is working around the clock, including weekends, to respond to all these requests. We would like to assure political parties, aspirants, candidates and all candidates for the CTCs of documents that their requests will be dealt with quickly and will be issued seriously.
“According to the schedule and schedule of activities published by the commission, political parties that have held valid primaries for gubernatorial and state assembly must upload the list and personal contact information of their nominated candidates between 1 and July 15, 2022.
“We urge political parties to carefully review the list and personal details of candidates they propose to sponsor in the election to avoid confusion and duplication of names. Political parties are advised not to wait until the last day to upload the list and contact details of their candidates.
“The Candidate Nomination Portal will close at 6 p.m. on July 15, 2022. Political parties having difficulty uploading documents should contact the Commission’s Help Desk, through the dedicated phone lines or contact the Candidate Nomination Center. candidates for the seat of the commission,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned political parties and their proxies against hiding under the guise of the ongoing voter registration exercise to engage in any form of politicking. or campaign.
Resident Electoral Commissioner of Kano State’s INEC, Risqua Shehu issued the warning during a press conference at his office in Kano yesterday, saying that any political party found to be failing in this regard would face the law.
Risqua, a professor, reminded political parties that this goes against the precepts of the Electoral Law, which has since established a timetable for gubernatorial campaigns and presidential elections.
“The commission is monitoring and should establish full evidence and then allow prosecution. We are not prosecuting, but we are collecting evidence against any failing political party and I assure you it will be done,” he said.
While applauding the increase in the number of registrants in the state, he however lamented the huge cases of illegal and duplicate registrations, saying that more than 40% of registrants in Kano State had already registered before. .
Risqua explained that INEC has made concerted efforts to educate people that PVCs issued by the commission do not expire; so there was no need for anyone to register twice.
He warned that “when a person is found guilty, they are liable to a fine or imprisonment or both. There is a provision for a fine of N100,000 or one year imprisonment or both.
“But at this time, I am unable to establish what the commission would do to those who have double registrations, given the large number of offenders across the country,” he said.
“The beautiful thing is that. We have made adequate provisions in our robust system to be able to identify and eliminate all those who have registered twice and cancel their new registration and only keep the old information that is there. find. That’s what the commission is doing now”.
While appreciating all stakeholders who sensitized and supported eligible Nigerians through the registration exercise, he emphasized that under no circumstances should any individual, internet cafe, civil society or group extort or collect money from a declarant for this exercise.