The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied extending the deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration ahead of the 2023 General Election.
The denial is coming amidst reports that the commission agreed to a request by the House of Representatives that the exercise is extended by 60 days.
Several media houses reported about the misleading extension on Wednesday after the chairperson of the House Committee on Electoral Matters, Aisha Dukku said INEC agreed to the lawmakers’ request.
“He (INEC chairman) has already agreed to extend but for the court injunction, he is to appear on the 29th of June.
“That notwithstanding, he said it has been guaranteed that it has to be extended, and not just extending, but also it would additionally be done during weekends.
He has agreed to that and he is going to make a statement very soon to that effect,” she had said at plenary.
She backtracked when she briefed journalists after plenary.
Hon. Dukku said INEC didn’t agree to the lawmakers’ request but only promised to “look at” it.
“Part of what INEC told the house through the committee on electoral matters is that they are going to look at our request.
“However, whatever happens, they cannot be able to open the registration for the next 60 days because of the activities lined up before the general election,” she said.
Those other activities include the printing of voter cards, their distribution, and the pasting of the list of all persons registered in all of Nigeria’s 774 local government areas.
There has been a rush of mostly young people to register for the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in INEC’s ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in the last few months.
This has led to calls for an extension of the CVR so that more people are captured in Nigeria’s voter population.