The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has adjusted the date of the commencement of physical registration for the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration from July 19 to July 26.
INEC National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said on Friday that the postponement became necessary due to the forthcoming public holiday.
He said the physical registration of voters would now commence on Monday, July 26, 2021.
Okoye explained that the exercise might be affected by the declaration of Tuesday 20, and Wednesday 21, July 2021, as public holidays by the Federal Government
Mr Okoye said that the commission met on Thursday and deliberated on a number of issues, including the commencement of the physical registration of voters and the scheduled appointments by online registrants.
He recalled that on Tuesday, July 13, the commission met with Resident Electoral Commissioners and noted that the commencement of the physical registration of voters scheduled for Monday July 19 might be affected by the public holidays.
“Also, facing the prospects of interruption of their registration schedules are some of the online registrants who have scheduled their appointments for the completion of their registrations on dates likely to clash with the same public holidays.
“The commission promised thereafter to meet on Thursday, July 15, to review the situation and provide clarity on the matter. This is what it has done.
“With the declaration of Tuesday July 20 and Wednesday July 21, as public holidays by the federal government, the date scheduled for the commencement of physical registration has to be adjusted.
“Consequently, the physical registration of voters will now commence on Monday July 26.”
Mr Okoye said that online registrants that have scheduled appointments from July 19 to July 23 would have their appointments rescheduled.
He emphasised that the Continuous Voter Registration would run for a period of one year, assuring all Nigerians that no citizen eligible to register as a voter would be left behind.