The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) will resume in the first quarter of 2021.
The announcement was made by the commission’s Acting Chairman, AVM Ahmed Mu’azu (retd.) during the virtual meeting with the leadership of political parties at INEC national headquarters in Abuja.
He Praised the parties for their role during the recently concluded Edo and Ondo states’ governorship elections and urged them to channel all efforts towards adhering to the commission’s voters’ code of conduct for elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Edo and Ondo states’ governorship elections have come and gone. They were acclaimed as credible and peaceful”.
“The commission sincerely appreciates the role played by the leadership of political parties and their candidates towards ensuring that the elections were generally peaceful and safe within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All your efforts, including the signing and keeping to the letter and spirit of the Peace Accord and adherence to the commission’s voters’ code of conduct for elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, is fully acknowledged”.
“Nevertheless, the commission feels that there is room for improvement. We would, therefore, welcome your feedback on the conduct of the elections,”
Announcing the commencement of the CVR, Mua’zu, said: “On the CVR, the commission intends to roll out the nationwide program in the first quarter of 2021, and work is in progress towards that goal. We need your inputs to guarantee its smooth take-off and hitch-free conduct of the exercise.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier listed measures that need to be taken to strengthen the electoral process. This followed the conclusion of the review of the 2019 general elections.
The commission recommended the review of the process of voter registration and collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to make them more voter-friendly.
It also sought “more effective ways to curb impunity in the electoral process, monitor political parties, including the enforcement of limits on party financial contributions and expenditure, as well as prosecute election offenders”.