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INEC To Suspend Continuous Voter Reg Exercise In FCT

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is to suspend the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration in the FCT

This is in accordance with the Constitutional requirement which says registration exercise must stop sixty days before any election..

FCT Resident Electoral Commissioner Mr Yahaya Bello who stated this while briefing news men in Abuja noted that political parties and other stakeholders in the electoral system had been duely informed about the suspension.

While acknowledging that the collection of Permanent Voter Cards would continue at the INEC Area Council offices across the territory, Mr Yahaya Bello maintained that collection would stop Forty Eight hours before the FCT Area Council Election in February Twenty Twenty Two.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner who attributed the current upsurge in the number of people at the Registration Centers across the territory due to the sixty days deadline for the exercise said the Commission was adequately ready to work on Saturdays to register and attend to others with complaints.

As part of preparations for the poll, the Resident Electoral Commissioner noted that eleven thousand seven hundred and two Ad-hoc Staff including NYSC Members needed to conduct the Election would be adequately trained.

According to him, those to be engaged as Supervisiory Presiding Officers would be Civil Servants on grade level ten to fourteen.

The Commissioner therefore solicited the support of the media in sensitising residents on the need to join hands with INEC in strengthening democracy in the Federal Capital Territory.

He also stressed the need for political parties to educate their followers to conduct themselves before, during and after the Area Council Election for peace to reign in the Territory..

Kayode Oyedare

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