Continuous Voter Registration: INEC assures free conduct in Ebonyi


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured of a free, fair and credible conduct of the upcoming continuous voter registration in Ebonyi State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr Chukwuemeka Joseph Chukwu stated this on Monday while interacting with newsmen in Abakaliki.

He said the commission has mapped out two strategies to ensure a successful conduct of the voter registration in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and electoral act as amended.

The REC noted that the commission has launched online portal for the voter registration, after which, would do physical profiling of those enrolled through online for authenticity in their respective headquarters. 

"The commission has mapped out strategies on the conduct of the upcoming voter registration in Nigeria and Ebonyi State in particular. For now, the strategies are of two categories, one is by online registration. You may be aware that INEC launched a portal where you can register, update your PVC (Permanent Voter Registration) if it has damaged. 

"Update on transfer from one unit to another, if where you have been voting is not conducive for you to vote or transferring to new polling unit which we just created in the course of expanding polling units few months ago and that is the category of the online voter registration.  After the online registration, you can come to INEC office either Ebonyi State headquarters or  across 13 local government areas to do the physical registration - where we can capture you and do update on your profile in the voter card and what have you.

"In issue of free and fair registration, INEC stands on our motto, simply means openness. We don't restrict, or do favouritism, but operate in line with the electoral act and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So, whatever we are doing is in line with the guidelines of the commission's principles," Dr Chukwu said.

He recalled that INEC offices in some parts of the state were burnt down by suspected hoodlums but the leadership of the Association of Local Government Area of Nigeria (ALGON) had sympathized with the commission and expressed readiness to improve on security of public facilities.

He therefore, stated that the commission is prepared to work with only the 18 registered political parties based on the legal pronouncement and urged the general public to make themselves available during the voter registration exercise.

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