2023: INEC To Commence Continuous Voters’Registration Exercise June 28 … To Discard Direct Data Capture Machines!


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, announced that Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) will start on Monday June 28, 2021.

The decision was made known by INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu at at the press briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja,Nigeria.

The electoral umpire has set aside a Direct Data Capture Machine, and would introduce a new device being developed by its in-house software engineers.

The new device called “INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED)” will run on the android operation system.

“In consideration of these challenges and the measures we have taken to overcome them, the Commission is now in a position to announce Monday June 28, 2021 as the date for the recommencement of the CVR exercise nationwide”,he said.

The decision according to him, is informed by INEC’s desire to provide citizens with wider access to registration centres to ensure improved participation in the CVR exercise ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Calendar For CVR
May 11, 2021 – Expansion of voter access to polling units

May 15, 2021 – Building and testing the online registration portal

May 31, 2021 – Arrival of the new generation of registration devices – IVED

June 14, 2021 – Recruitment and training of voter enrolment staff

June 28, 2021 – Restart of CVR

Professor Yakubu, however, attributed the lapse to the inability of INEC to establish new systems that would ensure safer CVR, its determination to expand voter access to polling units, and the decision to introduce new voter registration equipment.

He said the registration would be conducted in one year, adding that emphasis would be on Anambra State where a Governorship election has been scheduled to hold in November.

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Asked if the National Identity Number (NIN) would be made mandatory for the CVR, the INEC boss said that would not be the case.

He, however, explained that the NIN could be used at the point of registration as part of the means of identification.

Professor Yakubu noted that those qualified for the CVR exercise were Nigerians above 18 years who have never been registered to vote.

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