INEC Laments Inability Of 7m Online Voter Applicants That Failed To Complete Process At Physical Centres
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INEC Laments Inability Of 7m Online Voter Applicants That Failed To Complete Process At Physical Centres

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says over seven million Nigerians who carried out their voter pre-registration online did not complete the process at physical centres.

This is as the continuous voter registration exercise (CVR) came to an end on Sunday.

Going to a physical centre where biometric capturing would be done was a prerequisite to completing the voter registration process.

According to data released by the commission, 10,487,972 Nigerians carried out their pre-registration online.

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But INEC said out of this number, only 3,444,378 Nigerians representing 32.8 per cent, completed the process at a physical centre.

This means 7,043,594 persons representing over 67 per cent of those who began their registration process online, are not eligible to receive a voter card before the 2023 general election and will therefore not be able to vote.

Although INEC said a total of 12,298,944 Nigerians completed their voter registration, 8,854,566 of that number were individuals who did their registration entirely at a physical centre.

It would be recalled that in June 2021, the commission began the CVR exercise and launched a portal where Nigerians can register by filling in their biodata and required documents, after which they will visit INEC designated centers to complete the process physically.

INEC had fixed June 30 as the deadline for the CVR ahead of the 2023 elections but extended it till July after a federal high court in Abuja stopped the commission from ending the exercise, following several pleas by Nigerians and civil society organizations (CSOs).

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