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INEC Introduces Part Online Registration For New Voters From June 28

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye
INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye
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BEVERLY HILLS, May 11, (THEWILL) – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has unfolded plans for online continuous voter registration for the 2023 general elections.

The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Festus Okoye, however, said only the biometric would be captured physically by INEC officials.

Okoye, during a stakeholders’ meeting on expanding voter access to polling units in Kano yesterday, said: “On June 28, the voter registration exercise for those above 18 years and those who have not registered before will commence with two new innovations. Those versatile with computer can register online and only visit a registration centre to capture their biometrics.”

Okoye stated that the online registration would be introduced to reduce crowd at registration centres in line with COVID-19 protocols.

The commission called on citizens, especially those willing to contest elections, whose voter cards have been defaced, whose names were wrongly spelt or addresses and locations wrongly captured to present themselves for authentication or correction.

INEC also called for valid data of all those with disabilities or physical challenges to be captured during the continuous registration for proper projections ahead of the 2023 general election.

INEC also warned political parties and politicians who have started campaigning to desist from doing so.

Okoye said: “There is a ban on political campaigns which has not been lifted yet. And I find it necessary to draw your attention for you to understand the legal implication of violating this ban.

“I have listened to comments on radio stations, which are capable of heating the polity. Media organisations should avoid providing platforms for such comments. The media should try to curtail such tensions.

“Political parties, politicians and their supporters should understand there is a legal framework for campaigns and it has not commenced yet.”