The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has released funds to enhance service delivery in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise which will end on July 31.
Prof. Sani Adam, INEC National Commissioner supervising Niger, Kogi and Kwara States, dropped the hint on Wednesday in Minna during a supervision visit.
Adam, who did not give details of the funds, expressed delight that it would be utilised to achieve positive results.
“I don’t expect that we are going to have any hitch as far as the CVR is concerned and we are going to arrive at the July 31 deadline safely with huge success.
“What I had observed during supervision was that we need more funds and funds were released yesterday to enhance service delivery,” he said.
He said that the exercise, which encountered a lot of challenges initially, was becoming a huge success owing to the commitment by the commission and the citizens.
The INEC National Commissioner expressed optimism that by July 31 all eligible citizens and residents of the state would have registered.
“There is no doubt that we are going to achieve huge success in voters registration and collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Niger.
“We expect a large turnout of citizens in the 2023 general elections,” he said.
He noted that there was no way the commission would get the CVR 100 per cent but can only deal with the people who come out to register.
“We are calling on the citizens of Niger State to come out and collect their PVCs. “The policy of the commission is to make sure that each person who registers gets the PVC through direct collection and not through mass distribution,” he said.
Adam lauded residents of the state for coming out to register despite rains and the security challenges being experienced in the state.
He said that INEC was giving special consideration to pregnant women, nursing mothers, elderly and the physically challenged people in the exercise.
The INEC official said that the commission was fully prepared for the 2023 general elections.
“All our logistics arrangements have been taken care of by the Federal Government and we are ready for the riverine areas, hilly areas, forest areas and valley areas,” he said.
He asserted that government had made necessary arrangements to ensure credible elections come 2023.
“INEC will reach all citizens in all the nooks and crannies of this country,” he said.
Adam urged stakeholders, such as religious and traditional leaders, elders and parents, to sensitise the society, especially the youth against selling their votes in order to ensure credible polls.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the deadline for the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise remains July 31, and those who register more than once would not get their PVCs. The Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC FCT, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, made this known at a news conference on the commission’s state of preparedness for the 2023 general elections, on CVR,PVC validity and collection in Abuja.
Bello said that all CVR activities except the collection of already printed PVCs would be suspended on Sunday July 31, adding that the commission increased the closing hours to 5pm daily including Saturdays and Sundays.
According to him, this was done to accommodate the reawaking of those who now realised that they need their PVCs at the last hour of the programme that has been ongoing for over a year.
He said, “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.
“Any double or triple registration is null and void, we will go through our machines after these exercise and clean our register so that we can come up with the list of people who genuinely are going to in 2023.
“So let me appeal to people that they should always tell our staff at registration centres exactly what they want to do ,whether they have never registered before ,they have lost their cards ,or it is defaced, or they want transfer from one place to another.’’ Bello urged them not to register afresh because it would not help them .
He appealed to residents to patronise centres close to their locations, adding that there was no need for people in the suburbs to come all the way to INEC’s office in Area 10.
He said that the commission on Monday July 25, began special registration for Persons With Disabilities at the designated CVR centres to ensure inclusivity explain that both PWDs and other Nigerian could use the under listed centres.
“The CVR centres remains : City Centre -Diplomatic Park, Area 1 , Gwarinpa GSS Life Camp, Wuse GSS Zone 3 , Kabusa Primary School and Lugbe Primary School.
“Others are Giwa – Gwagwa Primary School, GUI -Gosa Primary School, Karshi- Karshi Development Centre, Orozo – Orozo Primary School.
“The rest are: Nyanya – G.S.S Nyanya , Kubwa- L.E.A Primary School Kubwa, Dutse-Aljaji – L.E.A Primary School Dutse, L.E.A Primary School, Dawaki L.E.A and Primary School, Mpape,” he said Bello said that the commission had made an arrangement with a 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 added that those who participated in the CVR would get their PVCs by October.
The REC said that the commission had investigated the claim by residents that its staff were charging them money before registering them.
He said that the commission found out that the claim was false because the people involved were not staff of the commission, but those who claimed to be volunteering and the issue had been addressed.
He said that INEC was working to ensure that anything that would mitigate the 2023 elections is taken care of.
Bello said that the 2023 general elections would be much more better than previous elections conducted so far in the country.
He appealed to politicians, electorate and other stakeholders to cooperate with INEC to make it work
The Coalition of Civil Society Workers and Human Rights Defenders, an NGO, has urged Nigerians to end electoral manipulation by participating massively in the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) and Permanent Voters Cards ( PVCs) collection.
The Convener of the coalition, Mr Osmond Ugwu, made the call in Enugu at a news Conference in Enugu.
Ugwu called on Nigerians to rise to the challenge of ending electoral manipulations, merchandising of elective offices by politicians and exclusion of credible persons from contesting elective offices through high cost of expression of interest forms.
He said that the coalition appreciated the interest being exhibited by the electorate in getting their PVCs recently.
Ugwu also urged every person of voting age to get his or her PVC, ensure they voted with it in the 2023 general elections and resist every monetary inducements and intimidation during elections.
“To this end, we call on the electorate not to vote for anyone that uses money to buy his or her so-called victory during primaries for president, governor or representatives at the national and state assembly levels.
“At the same time, vote out political parties that raise their expression of forms beyond the reach of civil servants and lecturers who wish to contest for offices of the president, governor, national and state Assembly and local government chairman,” he said.
He urged the electorate to start now to inquire into the antecedents of every candidate while ensuring that those whom their source of wealth originated from government or those with undefined source of wealth were not voted.
“We urge all and sundry to join the crusade of holding elected and appointed officials accountable anywhere they serve, to ensure that their actions are in line with justice, due process and the rule of law.
“We particularly call on civil society organizations and the masses to start now to demand to know how much is being received by local, state, and Federal Government and how the monies are being used and by who,” he said.
He called on youths, men and women of good conscience, to stop feeling unconcerned on the way they were being ruled and how the resources of the people were being used.
“We are calling for a total review of all state electoral laws to be in line with the national electoral laws to encourage mass participation of the electorate in grassroots elections as well,” he added. (
Dr Mutiu Agboke, the outgoing Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, has decried vote buying in the nation’s electoral processes, describing the development as “a brazen assault on Nigeria’s democracy” .
Agboke made this assertions on Tuesday at a valedictory conference held at the State headquarters of INEC in Ibadan.
He said the commitment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) toward the conduct of credible, free and fair elections in the state was paramount.
Agboke said the issue of vote buying remain a major area of concern.
He urged relevant stakeholders to play vital role in tackling the menace “to enhance credibility of our electoral processes”.
The resident electoral officer lauded the roles being played by the anti-corruption and security agencies in apprehending some of the vote buying perpetrators in the recent Ekiti governorship election.
On PVCs collection, the REC said, “Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) is key to the participation of any voter in the upcoming general election and that no electorate shall be allowed to vote under any condition”.
He urged eligible voters to take advantage of the extension of the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) to register for their PVCs.
The REC said that more registration gadgets had been deployed to areas of pressure in the state to enable intending registrants to participate in the exercise without stress.
Agboke, whose tenure as REC ends on Wednesday July 6, appreciated major stakeholders, ranging from the National Orientation Agency, the Media, Inter-Party Advisory Committee, Youth Council of Nigeria, religious bodies, among others for their support during his stay in Oyo State.
He said INEC, under his leadership, gave the electorate the value for their votes by ensuring that votes of the people count at various elections conducted in the state.
“Indeed, 2019 general election was most critical exercise for the electorate to exercise their franchise.
“The election was a good experience for me to test and measure the acceptability of INEC in Oyo State,” he said.
The REC implored electorate in the state to be prepared for the coming 2023 general elections, promising the commission would always ensure that people’s votes count.
He said that the commission, after the 2019 general election, converted additional 1,607 polling units to the initial 4,783 polling units, “making a total of 6,390 polling units in the state”.
Agboke urged the media to assist in educating the electorate on the need to populate or migrate to these newly converted polling units before the conduct of the general elections in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the outgoing REC started with INEC in Ondo State in August 2017 before his deployment to Oyo State on Jan. 25, 2018, where he completed the mandatory five -year tenure as REC.
Mr Akeem Agbaje, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, says Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is most formidable candidate for Nigeria’s presidency in 2023.
Agbaje, who was a governorship aspirant in the recently concluded APC governorship primary in the state, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria Abuja on Saturday.
He said that Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the APC, and a former National Leader of the party was ahead of other presidential candidates in terms of proven track record and ability to deliver good governance.
According to him, Tinubu’s demonstrable ability to perform under intense pressure; to assemble the right team is worth considering; the ruling APC presents the most formidable candidate in person of Tinubu.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for creating a “level playing field” in the party that enabled the emergence of a strong candidate like Tinubu.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should be commended for saying let us pick somebody that is very popular and can give us victory in the coming election.
“Everybody knew that, within the APC, Tinubu had the highest potential to achieve that.
“His record as Executive Governor of Lagos State is probably unmatched by any state as we speak today,” he said.
Agbaje said that the country needed a president that can efficiently address and tackle its several challenges.
“What we need today is somebody who can manage our resources and be innovative.
“We have a lot of challenges we are facing today as a nation, we need somebody with requisite experience.
“Tinubu is not telling you what he can do, he has done it with great results and still ready to do it better in more challenging situations.
“As governor of Lagos State, the man faced a serious challenge when Lagos state was not paid allocation for years.
“He made sure that the state did not only survive, but excelled significantly,” he said.
Agbaje added that the APC presidential candidate was also a technocrat and experienced politician.
“Competence alone cannot take Nigeria out of its present challenge
“Look at Tinubu at the presidential primary, people across the country stood for him, he has relationship with people across the country.
“He is a man who is suited to challenges and seen to excel under pressure, that is what we need in Nigeria of today.
“We need people who are tested and trusted, you can not rule Nigeria without managing our differences,” he said.
Agbaje lauded Tinubu’s commitment to Progressive politics and patience to follow through in his convinction from 1999 till date.
On the development of electoral process in the country, he commanded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for building the trust of stakeholders in its conduct.
“If you look at INEC, the two successive Chairmen, (Prof. Atahiru Jega and Prof. Mahmud Yakub) have exhibited high level of integrity in the conduct of anything related to election.
“They have done that to the extent that you can hardly blame INEC for any election they conducted. INEC has been firm, it has been disciplined in their approach to electoral process,” he said.
He also commended the National Assembly for the new electoral act that now removed some political appointees from the list of eligible delegates in an election.
Agbaje commended Nigerians, especially the youths for their massive turnout during the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) which had recorded huge increase in the number of registered voters in the coming elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will prosecute anyone involved in multiple registrations in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) across the country.The INEC Head of Electoral Operations, Mr Felix Daramola issued the warning at the Eight Annual Constituency Stakeholders Meeting in Agege, Lagos State on Thursday.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for the stakeholders’ meeting is: “2023 General Elections: The Imperatives of Permanent Voter’s Cards.NAN reports that the meeting is held across all the 40 constituencies in the state.Daramola explained that the commission had been empowered by the new Electoral Act 2022, to prosecute anybody who registered more than once.He, therefore, warned eligible voters that had yet to register not to register twice because the registrations would be seen in the INEC data base.“Don’t let us register twice, if you have registered before in a particular state and you register afresh in another state, the two registrations will be reflected on our data base.“If we discover such double registration, we may decide to remove the two names and prosecute the offender in accordance to the law,” he said.Darmola decried the low turnout of collection of the PVCs in the state, saying that the low rate was worrisome.He said that 6,382 PVCs had been collected so far out of 34,242 PVCs that were produced in the first quarter.The INEC official said the PVCs that had been collected were just 18 per cent of the total number.Daramola noted that a total of 1,091,157 uncollected PVCs were still with the commission out of a registered voters of 6,570,271.He said if the one million PVCs could be collected, then Lagos would be better for it in the forthcoming general election.Speaking, the Executive Chairman, Agege Local Government Area, Mr Ganiyu Egunjobi said the PVCs were an opportunity to put an end to economic hardship in the country.“In a baby democracy like Nigeria that is still facing insecurity, unemployment, I am of the strong view that our salvation lies with the electorate.“The PVC is the only instrument that can turn the country around because the 2023 election avails Nigerians the opportunity to change the fortunes of the country with their voter cards.Egunjobi said that INEC officials were ready to register eligible Nigerians who had turned 18 years across the seven wards in Agege LGA and six wards in Orile Agege LCDA of the state.NAN reports that the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) began on July 26, 2021 in all states and local government areas of the country.
Some residents in Kuje Area Council, FCT, have decried what they described as tedious and cumbersome process in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the area.
The residents who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kuje, lamented that the exercise was marred by delay in capturing, slow process and other technical hitches.
NAN also recalls that that the commission had earlier fixed June 30, as the deadline for the registration exercise in the country.
Mr Abraham Gado, a resident claimed that officials of the commission in the registration were slow, a situation he said has made people become regular visitors to the office.
Gado also claimed that the online registration was also not free from technical hitches and challenges sometimes not accessible.
“They should make the registration centres available in many places, at least the polling units as it was done before so that people can do it easily.
“The INEC should not make the registration cumbersome like this, except they want to discourage people from registering.
“The idea of registering online is not actually the best for now, not all Nigerians can operate a computer or even have the money to go and pay at business centres for registration,” he said..
Also, Ladi Jigo, complained of spending hours while trying to do physical capturing during the exercise and urged the commission to decongest the centres.
“l just came here for the registration, and based on what I am observing, I think INEC officials should try to keep to time,” she said.
Samuel David, who said he was at the INEC office to pick up his voter’s card, which had been with the commission since 2021, said they kept telling him it was not ready.
David said he wondered how the commission would allow people to suffer in an exercise done out of patriotism, and urged it to make things easy.
A student, Anita Sunday, who said had done the online registration, said she was at the centre for physical capturing and the challenge was that one has to queue for the physical capturing, which could last the entire day.
“It took me a while to be captured because there was a long queue that seemed endless and if you are busy you will probably not have the patience to wait,” she said.
Evelyn Tumaka, who also applied for the registration online, said the failure to keep to the time fixed for the exercise was discouraging many people.
Reacting, Mr Yakub Allawa, the Kuje INEC Electoral Officer (EO) said one of the major challenges the commission was facing was issue of poor networks which had been slowing down the process.
Allawa also revealed that decentralisation of the registration centre would also speed up the registration exercise and in extension decongest population at the commission.
However, the electoral officer called on all major stakeholders, especially the traditional rulers and political party stewards to collaborate and synergies to make the registration exercise easy
He said that the commission was ready to make the exercise seamless if stakeholders would cooperate and assist in discentralising centres for easy access.
Youths in the FCT defied torrential rainfall on Tuesday to register for voter cards at the open air Continuous Voters Registration (CVR).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the on-going open air Permanent Voter Cards registration was organised by the INEC, the European Union and civil society organisations.
NAN also reports that the open air PVC registration was part of activities preceding the “Youth Vote Count 2.0 Mega Concert’’ to hold on June 25 at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja.
Miss Rosemary Okereke, a youth who spoke with NAN commended the initiative.
“What actually brought me here is to transfer my PVC from my state to Abuja to enable me to vote.
“The organisers really tried; they did their best; it is just that the crowd outnumbered them initially.
“Most of us got the information on Twitter, so my advice for other people out there is that this is real.
Mr Sor Orduen, a youth, also told NAN that the process was hectic.
“It is worth the effort, so what I am telling youths is to get the voter card.
“I am very sure with this, we can change the government to the one that will favour us,’’ he said.
Miss Sandra Edeh, a youth corps member commended the organisers for the initiative to help youths to collect the PVCs.
Earlier, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for FCT, Yahaya Bello, said the commission deployed more than 50 registration machines and 150 personnel for the exercise.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has registered 71,627 eligible voters in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in Enugu State as at May 31, 2022.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Enugu State, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, disclosed this in a news briefing on the ongoing CVR in the state on Friday.
Ononamadu, who admitted that the registration in the state had been low, however, said that since June 1 the registration rate had skyrocketed to close to 10,000 fresh registrants per week in the state.
According to him, first of all, we commend the citizenry that finally woke up and are expressing their trust in INEC systems by showing their interest to vote.
He said: “At one end there is expression of trust after the signing of the amended Electoral Act in which INEC joined Nigerians to advocate for major electoral law reforms.
“And at another end, citizens expressed new trust from their observation of seriousness with which many political parties attempted to adhere to the new provisions of the amended electoral Act during their congresses and primaries, believing that such discipline and seriousness will be extended into the 2023 General Election.
“No matter what is responsible for the surge of prospective voters, it is a positive sign for Nigeria and the Commission. Therefore, INEC will not relent in registering every eligible citizen within time.
“There is no need for panic that some eligible voters will be excluded. INEC practices inclusivity that is one of the reasons why new polling units will be created to ensure more voters’ access to units to address low percentage of voters during elections.
“I am calling on citizens to always be abreast with the electoral law as well as INEC guidelines and policies while sustaining their interest in the electoral system.”
The REC noted that barely nine days to the deadline set by INEC for the stoppage of the CVR, the state headquarters of INEC in Enugu had been flooded with a series of requests for extension of the exercise.
Ononamadu said: “We have forwarded those requests to the Commission and they are being reviewed.
”Meanwhile in the remaining nine days, we have set out strategies to ensure that eligible registrants who put themselves forward will be registered.
“We are going to expand the update Centres by more than 34, and reallocate registration machines from places of low registrants’ turnout to areas with higher upsurge.
“We have within the period worked till 7pm against the 5pm closing time. We have also improved on publishing the CVR centres to avoid many registrants crowding around one or two major registration centres.” (
A Chieftain of the Labour Party, Chief Ndubuisi Ebiliekwe, has urged Nigerians to support the youths to “take back their country” as they have been awakened to their political responsibility.
Ebiliekwe, who is popularly known as Ebilikoko, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Thursday.
The Labour Party chieftain noted that political institutions, especially the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), should give expression to the new wave of millions of youth nationwide showing interest in political activities.
According to him, the first step of support by the Federal Government, INEC and other international and local election partners should be extending the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) leading to millions of youths collecting their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
“It is good that the real owners of the country and the future of the country are anxious to take back their country and reshape it for their future benefit.
“Things will never remain the same as we go into the 2023 General Election as the youths are eager to elect credible, corrupt-free, competent and healthy leaders,” he said.
Ebiliekwe noted that the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, is someone that most Nigerians – youths, traders and labour – believe in and his emergence is already swelling the number of voters’ registration confidence nationwide.
“Obi’s selfless ambition would restore security and tackle massive unemployment among youths nationwide if elected president in 2023.
“He is the only former governor that left N75 billion while leaving office in 2014 while his contemporaries incurred huge debts.
“Nigerians should join hands with Obi to rescue and restore the glory and principle of the founding fathers of this great country and liberate the future of the youths.
“It is no exaggeration that Obi has proved that you can be active in politics and be honest and transparent as well as humble, God fearing and compassionate over the plights and predicaments of the citizenry.
“Obi’s presidential aspiration is achievable by the support of all Nigerians concerned about the future of this great nation, especially future of our youths and upcoming generations,” he said.
Ebiliekwe, who was formerly a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, moved to the Labour Party because of his belief in the competence and selflessness of Peter Obi. ()