Not Possible To Resume Voters’ Registration – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is “constitutionally and legally impossible”  to resume the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.

Not Possible To Resume Voters' Registration - INEC

spokesperson Festus Okoye said this during an interview on Channels Television, on Tuesday.

had initially fixed June 30 as the deadline for the exercise which started in 2021 but the commission later extended the deadline to July 31.

Some individuals and civil society organisations subsequently instituted legal action against the commission for ending the exercise, saying it should only be stopped 90 days before the election, as stipulated by law.

TalkGlitz had reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, had ordered the Commission to resume voter registration 90 days before the election.

In reaction, Okoye said has not received the certified true copies (CTCs) of the judgement of the court.

The spokesperson said it will be “realistically impossible” for the commission to resume voter registration.

Okoye cited challenges of resources and mobilisation of security personnel as factors that may prevent a resumption.

“It would be constitutionally and legally impossible for the commission to resume the continuous voter registration exercise,” he said.

“This is without prejudice to the commission’s position that we abide and obey judgements and orders from properly constituted courts of law.

“Realistically, it will be next to impossible for the commission to mobilise the necessary resources to go back and start the CVR.

“Second, realistically, it will be next to impossible to mobilise the number of personnel required to carry out the exercise.

“It will also be next to impossible to mobilise the number of security personnel that will be required to continue the CVR.

“Realistically, it will be logistically impossible for the commission to mobilise and go back to the exercise.”

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