The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said the ongoing nationwide continuous voter registration (CVR) will end on July 31, 2022.
INEC spokesperson Festus Okoye, who disclosed this to newsmen, said the decision was made at an extraordinary session which took place on Friday.
The commission had earlier fixed June 30 as the deadline for the ongoing CVR ahead of the 2023 elections but was stopped by the order of an Abuja Federal High Court on June 20 following a suit brought by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).
SERAP and 185 concerned Nigerians had filed the lawsuit against INEC, asking the court to “declare unconstitutional, illegal, and incompatible with international standards the failure of the electoral body to extend the deadline for voter registration to allow eligible Nigerians to exercise their rights.”
The electoral umpire said the exercise has also been extended from six hours daily to eight hours daily – from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Okoye also disclosed that INEC has extended the voter registration exercise to weekends. Until now voters can only register weekdays.
The Commission asked Nigerians to take advantage of the new two-week extension to register for their permanent voter cards (PVCs).