The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the deadline for the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise set for July 31 will not change, adding that citizens who register more than once would not get their PVCs.
This was made known by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC FCT, Yahaya Bello, at a news conference on the commission’s state of preparedness for the 2023 general elections, on CVR, PVC validity and collection in Abuja.
“Any double or triple registration is null and void, we will go through our machines after this exercise and clean our register so that we can come up with the list of people who genuinely are going to in 2023”, he said.
According to him, the increase in closing hours to 5 pm daily including Saturdays and Sundays, was done to accommodate citizens who realized the need to get their PVCs at the last hour of the programme that has been ongoing for over a year.
“The number of people who registered and whose registration has been invalidated is becoming alarming; a lot of people have registered in one or two registration centres.
“They will get nothing by doing so whatever their intentions were because at the end of the day, they will be declared as people without PVC at all”, Bello said.
Bello said that the commission had made an arrangement with Civil Society Orgainsations (CSOs) to make PVC collection easier for citizens at the end of the CVR exercise, using SMS to reach them at their nearest locations.
He further assured that the conduct of the 2023 general elections would be better than previous elections held so far in the country.