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.
Festus Okoye, the spokesman of INEC, announced the decision in a statement on Friday, July 16, in Abuja.
He said the one-week shift in the date followed the government’s declaration of July 20 as well as July 21 as public holidays.
Mr Okoye said that the commission met on Thursday and deliberated on a number of issues; also including the commencement of the physical registration of voters; as well as the scheduled appointments by online registrants.
He recalled that on Tuesday, July 13, the INEC 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,” the INEC spokesman noted.
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.