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INEC Chairman Prof-Mahmood-Yakub

2023 ELECTION: INEC PUTS OUT DATE FOR VOTER REGISTRATION

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently declared that the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise will commence in the first quarter of 2021 ahead of the 2023 general election.

And the sum of N1billion is set to be designated by INEC for this exercise to be made possible.

The Chairman of the Electoral body, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, issued a communique to this effect on Wednesday during a budget defense session with the Senate Committee on INEC.

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Professor Yakubu during the session said he believes in diaspora voting and he called on the National Assembly to modify the Electoral Act to oblige diaspora and early voting.

The INEC boss is also looking for the validation of the Senate to spend N5.2 billion from the special INEC fund to make up for the inadequacy in the 2020 budget which was cut because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

INEC was out in October to state that the COVID-19 pandemic hindered the voter registration exercise.

The Chief Press Secretary to the commission stated that the virus was still in action in the community and CVR is a national exercise that requires the mobilization of a lot of equipment, materials, and personnel.