Nigerians, who could not register in the continuous voter registration, which ended on Sunday, have expressed frustration over the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission to extend the exercise.
Scores of applicants seeking to register for the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) on Sunday besieged INEC headquarters in Lagos in a last-minute rush to beat the July 31 deadline.
Recall that the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) which started on June 28, 2021, was initially billed to end on June 30 before it was extended to July 31.
Our correspondent who monitored the closing observed that many applicants couldn’t registered to vote in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC has ruled out the possibility of extending the CVR beyond Sunday.
The National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Barr. Festus Okoye, has disclosed that the commission would stop CVR and focus on other constitutional responsibilities like scrutinizing the voters’ registers to clean up possible incidents of double registration, printing permanent voters cards (PVC), and displaying voters registers across polling units, among others.