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Group urges INEC to increase voter registration deadline

Additional 25 registration centres created in Anambra

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An Igbo socio-cultural suppose tank with members each in Nigeria and the diaspora, Nzuko Umunna, yesterday, referred to as on the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to increase the continuing Steady Voter Registration (CVR) train past the June 30, 2022, deadline to deal with the surge in eligible voters.

The group mentioned it has noticed the keenness of eligible voters to get registered, in addition to INEC’s assurances that no voter will likely be disenfranchised, stressing that the fee has demonstrated unusual patriotism.

In an announcement signed by the Govt Secretary of the group, Ngozi Odumuko, the group famous that it has noticed the large turnout of eligible voters, particularly youths, for voter registration throughout the nation.

The group mentioned: “We’ve got noticed, previously one week, the big turnout of Nigerians, particularly the youths, throughout the federation for the Steady Voter Registration train.

It additional famous that the event would affect positively on the event of democracy within the nation.

“This improvement is a constructive one for our democracy because it signifies growing curiosity of residents within the electoral course of and, due to this fact, needs to be inspired by the election administration physique and stakeholders within the nation,” it mentioned.

The group additionally recommended numerous non secular, civil society teams and people, who’ve been encouraging the residents to register and vote throughout elections.

It, nevertheless, recommended the electoral physique for deploying further 209 registration machines to Lagos, Kano and states within the South East, the place it observed massive turnout of unregistered voters for the train.

Equally, following the surge within the variety of residents in search of to register within the on-going CVR train, INEC in Anambra, has created further 25 registration centres throughout the state.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, who disclosed this throughout a press briefing, yesterday, in Awka, mentioned that operations have commenced on the centres.

Orji disclosed that the extra centres carry the entire quantity in Anambra to 87, including that some native council workplaces, shutdown because of insecurity, have been reopened.

“Particularly, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, the Idemili North Native Council workplace was reopened. Yesterday, June 14, 2022, we now have resumed registration train in Ogbaru and Ayamelum councils.”