CRV: 10.4 million new registrants, according to INEC

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More than 10 million new voters have registered in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise across the country.

That’s according to the Week 11 Q4 update released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday.

A breakdown of the figure showed that while new registrants reached 10,487,972, completed registration was pegged at 8,631,696.

Online registration at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2022, was set at 3,250,449 and physical registration at 5,381,247.

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Further, the update noted that the new enrollees consist of 4,292,690 men; women: 4,339,006; People living with a disability (PH): 67,171 and young people: 6,081,456.

Before now, the electorate said the extension of voter registration was now inevitable following renewed interest and calls from Nigerians for the exercise to be extended.

INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye said so on Friday as the June 30 deadline approaches.

He said INEC “is willing to extend the date of the CVR”.

“We are confident that after making our case, the court will be convinced why we cannot extend the CVR beyond a certain period,” Mr Okoye added.

“But we are convinced, given the enthusiasm of Nigerians, given the new willingness of Nigerians to register, that an extension is inevitable.

“The Commission is prepared to extend the duration of the CVR, but not to the length that some are requesting.”

As part of efforts to register Nigerians, the European Union and YIAGA Africa, a civil organization, recently organized concerts in Lagos and Abuja.

Tagged ‘Youth Vote Count’, the mega concerts bring together top Nigerian artists in front of large crowds. Registrations were also made during the events.

Religious organizations and other bodies have also stepped up their efforts to enroll eligible Nigerians.

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