Mahmood Yakubu INEC Chairman

CVR: INEC registers 71,039 voters, creates additional 12 centres in Delta

A total of 71,039 voters have been registered in the on-going Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise in the state, according to Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Delta State, Mrs. Rose Oriaran-Anthony.

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Mrs, Oriaran-Anthony who gave the figure in Asaba said that the first quarter of the CVR exercise which started in the state on April 28 this year ended last Thursday saying that the second quarter would commence on August 1 when the printing of the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC) of the new registrants is also expected to commence.

The INEC Administrative Secretary said that the figure comprises of 39,749 males and 31,290 females.

However, she dismissed fears in some quarters that the exercise has ended explaining that between now and August 1, a number of activities have been packaged to update the voter register.

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Adding that the 71,039 would definitely drop as the system would automatically identify and eliminate double registration.

Mrs. Oriaran-Anthony disclosed that because of the challenges of distance and terrain, additional 12 registration centers were approved for Delta State mid way into the first quarter, adding that this would be sustained in the second quarter of the exercise.

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According to her, “the names of the new registered voters would be displayed for hearing of possible claims and objections from members of the public at the different registration centers across the 25 local government areas of the state.”

“This is an important aspect of the process as our officers will be on ground to listen to claims arising from the collated data. This is the opportunity to go through and ensure that names and all other details are properly captured without errors before the register and PVCs are eventually printed”.

“This process will last for seven days and I am using this opportunity to call on the people of the state to make good use of the opportunity the display provides to cross check that their names, ages, address PUs and other details are well captured. It is also an opportunity to raise any objection to any name if any.

“At the end of the display period, the second quarter of the exercise is scheduled to commence and will go on till the end of the scheduled period. May I use this opportunity to reiterate that the CVR exercise is not about to come to an end now. There have been a lot of insinuations that the exercise is ended.

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“What has come to an end is the first quarter, this is to enable the commission carry out some house cleaning as well as ensure that the correct PVCs are printed,” she assured.

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