Over 14,000 Nigerian youths have petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resume voters registration ahead of the 2023 election.
The petition, which came in the heat of the current unrest in different parts of the country, is asking INEC to make the voters' registration exercise a continuous process.
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Initiated by Adedunmade Onibokun, the petition which has gathered 14,661 signatures, as of the time of this report, is looking to change the norm of conducting voters registration exercise, a few months before the general elections
According to Onibokun, conducting voters registration exercise a few months before the general election is not time enough for all the eligible voting populace to register.
"With about 20 months left to the conduct o the general election in 2023, Onibokun will be looking to influence INEC with the petition to make the voters' registration exercise a continuous process.
"In Nigeria, preparations for the elections are an enormous logistical challenge. Voter registration in Nigeria is usually commenced few months to the General Elections and this creates many challenges for the voting populace.
"According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as at the 11th of February, 2019, out of the 84,000,484 registered voters, over 11 million registered voters were yet to collect their PVCs, a figure that represents 13.7% of the total PVCs produced. Out of this figure, 7,817,905 PVCs were carried over from the 2014 to 2016 registration exercises, while 3,410,677 are from the last Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise held between April 2017 and August 2018.
"Voter registration in Nigeria should be a continuous exercise and must begin immediately in preparation for the 2023 General Elections.
"As a Nigerian, we should all be concerned about the integrity of the electoral process come 2023. Sign this petition for INEC to resume the Voter Registration exercise immediately, we only have about 20 months left," Onibokun in his petition wrote.
It will be recalled that the last voter's registration exercise which was done in preparation for the 2019 presidential election ended at the tail end of 2018.