Yiaga Africa has called on Nigerians and first time voters to register as the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) resumes the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) .The Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise is resuming on Monday, 28th June 2021, with the online pre-registration process.
The Director of Programs, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu in a press statement issued in Abuja commended INEC for improving the technology deployed for voters registration to enable a new generation of Nigerians to register seamlessly to vote. She also commended Nigerians for remaining patient and waiting for the CVR process to resume. We congratulate Nigeria’s youth for staying resilient and committed to building Nigeria’s democracy. She said this will be the first time in Nigeria’s electoral process where citizens can commence their voter’s registration from their individual spaces of comfort. “Citizens who complete their pre-enrollment in the online portal will choose an appointment date for their biometric physical capture, which will commence from 19 July 2021 at INEC offices in the States and Local Government Areas (LGAs). “With the proposals for more technology to be deployed in Nigeria’s election, this CVR process presents an opportunity for the accurate capture of voters’ data and biometrics.
“It also creates an opportunity for more eligible voters to commence their registration with ease and hopefully reduce the pressure at the physical centers. “Voters registration remains a critical exercise in the electoral process as it is the first determinant of who gets to vote in Nigeria. “The right to vote which, gives the people a voice through the ballot, requires citizens to first register as voters. It guarantees the free exercise of the right of citizens to choose their leaders and decide electoral outcomes.
“This CVR exercise presents an opportunity for Nigerians, especially young Nigerians, to exercise their power as the sovereign in a democracy by first registering to vote to harness the people’s power during elections. “The CVR is a prerequisite for participating in elections in Nigeria because only registered voters will be issued the permanent voter’s card (PVC) to vote