INEC extends voter registration for Edo, Ondo polls

By John Odunayo

The Independent National Electoral Commission has extended the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration in Edo and Ondo states for four days.

The electoral body stated that the exercise, scheduled to end tomorrow, Wednesday, has been extended from Thursday, June 6, to Sunday, June 9, 2024, to enable more eligible persons to register.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, said in a statement that the commission took the decision during a meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.

He stated, “The registration hours have been extended from 9.00am – 5.00pm daily, and the number of registration centers has been increased to include all 36 Local Government offices in the two states in addition to the existing 397 wards and the state offices in Benin City and Akure.

“As of Monday, June 3, 2024, the registration exercise has recorded significant progress, with a total of 120,458 new voters registered.

“Furthermore, the number of centres has been increased beyond the 397 wards and the two State offices in Benin City and Akure to include all the 36 Local Government offices of the Commission in the two states.

“More machines will also be deployed to areas identified to have peculiar needs such as difficult terrain or communal issues. Like the Ward registration centers, detailed information on the names and location addresses of the LGA offices have also been uploaded to our website and social media platforms for the guidance of registrants in the two states.

“Meanwhile, the exercise is progressing well in the two states. As of yesterday, Monday, 3rd June 2024, eight days after the commencement of the CVR, a cumulative total of 120,458 new voters have registered.

“Of this figure, 55,861 (46.4 per cent) are male, while 64,597 (53.6 per cent) are female.

“Majority of the registered voters (82,003 or 68.8 per cent) are youths (18 -34 years). In terms of occupation, 43,419 36.8%) are students, while 812 (0.67 per cent) are Persons with Disability (PWDs).

“The public should please note that these are preliminary figures. The final figures will be published on State by State basis and for all categories of registrants at the end of the exercise and after data clean-up using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS).

“The Commission once again appeals to eligible voters to seize the opportunity of the extension to register, transfer or correct personal information on their PVCs as provided by law. No further extension will be granted by the Commission.”

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