INEC voter’s registration deadline for Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections is December 18, 2018, going by provision of section 9 (5) of the Electoral Act (as amended) that stipulates that, “Continuous Voter Registration will be temporarily suspended 60 days to the commencement of the General Elections scheduled for February, 2019”.
Nigeria’s electoral body Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it is untrue the rumour flying around that ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) would end on January 31.
Head of Publicity of the commission in Lagos State, Femi Akinbiyi, said in a statement on Friday “it has come to the notice of the Commission in Lagos State the rumours going round that the CVR would end on January 31, 2018.
“We, therefore, wish to inform the people that the Continuous Voter Registration is still on”.”
Using the official 2019 General Election time table announced by INEC, which put February 16, 2019 as the Presidential and National Assembly elections, it means voter’s registration deadline will be December 18, 2018, INEC didn’t say the actual deadline date though, and our team did the calculation.
According to Akinbiyi, all eligible voters in the state, who has not registered before are encouraged to register at all INEC offices in the 20 local government areas in the state and other officially designated areas within the state between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday every week, excluding public holidays, for registration.
“In response to the citizens’ plea to have centres closer to their domain, the Commission in the State has rotation plan for some Registration Centres within the Registration Areas (Ward) in each of the local government areas.
“Also, the names of those who registered in the first and second quarters have been uploaded in the Commission’s website.’’
Reports say that the January 31 deadline rumour had made eligible persons to besiege registration centres daily across Nigeria.