Minister Reveals Why Polling Units Can’t Be Voter Registration Points

Minister Reveals Why Polling Units Can’t Be Voter Registration Points

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the reason the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) is not taking place at polling units is due to the high number of units across the country.

The minister told State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakub, was invited to the meeting to brief the council on his challenges in the CVR exercise.

Quoting the INEC boss, Mohammed said INEC would have needed 5 personnel at each of the over 119, 00 polling units spread across the country to carry out the CVR exercise.

He  noted that such decision would have run counter productive as the budget of the commission would not have been able to accommodate the cost of the exercise.

”Of course, the next preferred option would have been to take it to the local government which again, because of paucity of funds, it could not be accommodated. That’s why they are doing it at the local government basis.”

”But the important thing is that it is continuous. It will go on for the next 90 days and then continue for another 90 days,” he added.

On the successes so far,  Mohammed said the council was satisfied with the presentation of the INEC boss, adding that the INEC chairman said Nigeria is doing ”real” CVR for the first time. 

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