INEC suspends voters pre-registration exercise

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Lagos State has suspended online pre-registration exercises for voters.

The suspension, according to the commission’s Head of Department, voter education and publicity in Lagos State, Femi Akinbiyi, takes effect from Tuesday 21st September 2021, adding that the commission will embark on the display of voter register for claims and objections thereafter.

Akinbiyi in a statement said, “The commission has suspended the online pre-registration of voters that started on 28th June 2021, and in-person registration that commenced on the 26th July 2021 and thereafter embarks on the display of voter register for claims and objections.

“The exercise based on the approved timelines and schedule will start on September 24th and end on the 30th of September 2021. The temporary CVR stoppage is to give room for all registrants to check for appropriateness or otherwise of their information supplied during the registration.

“The 7-day long activities are also to raise objections (if any) about names that are not supposed to be on the register, like names of dead persons, foreigners and Nigerians below the age of 18. The Commission will also use the period for other necessary housekeeping (Backend) activities in preparation for the next quarters.

“The commission, therefore, enjoins all Lagosians to afford this golden opportunity to help in getting the correct information about all registrants in the state on the INEC database.

“Names of registrants will be displayed for the public at the local government INEC offices in all the 20 local government areas of the state throughout the days earmarked for the exercise.”

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