The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, has said the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise will resume on June 28 across the country.
The commission’s Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement yesterday at a press briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
He revealed that the electoral commission has put in place the Direct Data Capture Machine, and would introduce a new device being developed by its in-house software engineers.
According to Yakubu, the new device – INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED) – was developed to be compatible with the android operating system.
He as well revealed that the engineers were also working on a portal where Nigerians can register for the exercise so as to reduce the usual rush witnessed during exercises and aim to observe the COVID-19 protocols.
The INEC chair, however, attributed the lapse to the inability of INEC to establish new systems that would ensure safer CVR, its determination to expand voter access to polling units, and the decision to introduce new voter registration equipment.
He said the registration would be carried out in one year, stressing that emphasis would be on Anambra State where a governorship election has been scheduled to hold in November.
The INEC boss said National Identity Number (NIN) would not be made mandatory for the CVR but however, explained that the NIN could be used at the point of registration as part of the means of identification.
Professor Yakubu noted that only Nigerians above 18 years who have never been registered to vote are qualified for the CVR exercise
Below is the Calendar For CVR
May 11, 2021 – Expansion of voter access to polling units
May 15, 2021 – Building and testing the online registration portal
May 31, 2021 – Arrival of the new generation of registration devices – IVED
June 14, 2021 – Recruitment and training of voter enrolment staff
June 28, 2021 – Restart of CVR