The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that its position on the suspension of the ongoing voter registration exercise in all the 54 additional centers created to facilitate the registration of voters across the state has not changed.

Debunking a media report that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resumed the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in places where the exercise was earlier suspended in Imo State, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee Festus Okoye in a statement on Tuesday 26th April 2022 described it as misleading and are capable of jeopardizing the safety of registrants and officials as well as the security of the Commission’s facilities.

Thus appealing to the public to discountenance the purported resumption of the CVR in the three LGAs of Orsu, Njaba, and Ihitte Uboma.

“It will be recalled that following the unfortunate incident in Imo State in which our staff was killed by gunmen in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area, and reports of insecurity in other parts of the State, the Commission suspended the ongoing voter registration exercise in all the 54 additional centers created to facilitate the registration of voters across the State. The exercise is still confined to our State and Local Government Area offices except in Orsu, Njaba, and Ihitte Uboma Local Government Areas where it is suspended indefinitely.

While the Commission is not unmindful of the imperative of giving every eligible Nigerian the opportunity to register and vote in future elections, the safety and security of citizens involved in the exercise is a paramount concern.  

At the appropriate time, the Commission will announce any new decision on the matter after consultation with the security agencies and critical stakeholders.”

 

 

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