The Independent National Electoral Commission has maintained that it has not changed its proposed April date for the commencement of Continuous Voter registration.
This came at the heels of revelation by the House of Representatives that INEC failed to register 60 per cent of Nigerians eligible for voting between 2011 and 2015, the House decided to investigate breaches of the Electoral Act 2010, which made a clear provision for continuous voter registration.
The House decision came as lawmakers debated a motion moved by Benjamin Ikani-Okolo on the need to investigate breaches of the Act by INEC.
The house noted that “only about 9,913,398” out of the eligible voters were registered by INEC, an indication that the majority of 14,432761 were not registered and could not vote.
It added that the 9.9 million voters registered out of the 24.3 million who attained the voting age within the period, representing “only 40 of the total number of Nigerians that turned 18 years.”
The Lawmakers also said overall voter registration increased minimally between 2011 and 2015 by only 17 percent.
The House of reps also criticized a practice by INEC where the commission would wait till elections were close before it would begin to register or update the voter register.
Meanwhile, Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu has said that arrangements were on to ensure the exercise took off smoothly as scheduled, He added that the exercise would be held through the 774 LGA’s of the country.
Prof Yakubu further said “No date has been fixed yet because we are going to consult again with the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries to sort out things”
Yakubu advised Nigerians voters, who are 18 years and above to take advantage of the opportunity and not disenfranchise themselves.