INEC extends CVR in Edo, Ondo by four days

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in Edo and Ondo states by four days.

The exercise started on May 27 and should end on June 5. But, following the extension, it will now end on June 9.

A statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, said about 120,458 eligible voters have so far registered since the exercise started on May 27.

The statement reads: “The Commission  met today, June 4 and, among other things, reviewed the ongoing CVR in Edo and Ondo states scheduled to end tomorrow (today).

“However, following appeals by stakeholders, the Commission has approved extension of the exercise from June 6 to June 9 to enable more eligible persons register. Similarly, the timing is extended from 9am to 5pm daily.

“Furthermore, the number of centres have been increased beyond the 397 wards and the two state offices in Benin City and Akure to include all the 36 Local Government offices of the Commission.

“More machines will also be deployed in areas identified to have peculiar needs such as difficult terrain or communal issues.

“Like the ward registration centers, detailed information on the names and location addresses of the local government offices have also been uploaded to our website and social media platforms to guide registrants in the two states.

“Meanwhile, the exercise is progressing well in the two states. As at June 3, eight days after the CVR started, 120,458 new voters have registered. Of this figure, 55,861 (46.4 per cent) are male.

“Majority of the registered voters (82,003 or 68.8 per cent) are youths (18-34 years), 43,419 or 36.8 per cent) are students while 812 (0.67 per cent) are Persons with Disability (PWDs).

“The Commission once again appeals to eligible voters to seize the opportunity of the extension to register, transfer or correct personal information on their PVCs as provided by law. No further extension will be granted by the Commission.”

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