INEC Seeks CSOs’ Help to Mobilise for CVR in Edo, Ondo Governorship Elections

Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to help the commission in mobilising prospective registrants for the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise ahead of the Edo and Ondo States governorship elections.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the call yesterday in Abuja at the second quarterly consultative meeting with the CSOs.

The commission had Monday announced the timetable for the CVR as part of preparations for the Edo and Ondo State Governorship elections.

It added that the CVR would take place simultaneously in the two states from Monday May 27 2024 to Wednesday June 5, 2024, between 9.00am and 3.00pm daily, including the weekend.

The Edo State governorship election is holding  on Saturday, September 21, 2024, while the Ondo election holds on Saturday, November 16, 2024.

“The commission, therefore, appeals to CSOs to join us in mobilising prospective registrants for the exercise, particularly on the need to register early and not wait until the deadline approaches when the registration centres will be inundated by eleventh hour registrants.

“As we inch closer to Election Day in Edo State, it is also imperative to remind CSOs of the need to submit your applications for election observation in earnest along with the required supporting documents and a realistic number of individual observers. Doing so will enable the commission to produce and deliver the identity cards for observers in good time.

“The Commission will not entertain requests outside the deadline for the receipt of applications from interested observer groups or process applications that do not meet the criteria,” he stated.

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