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INEC: Over seven million online CVR applicants fail to complete process

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says over seven million Nigerians who carried out their voter pre-registration online did not complete the process at physical centres.

This is as the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise came to an end on Sunday.

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In June 2021, the commission began the CVR exercise and launched a portal where Nigerians can register by filling in their biodata and required documents, after which they will visit INEC-designated centres to complete the process physically.

Going to a physical centre where biometric capturing would be done was a prerequisite to completing the voter registration process.

According to data released by the commission, 10,487,972 Nigerians carried out their pre-registration online.

But INEC said out of this number, only 3,444,378 Nigerians representing 32.8 percent, completed the process at a physical centre.

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This means 7,043,594 persons representing over 67 per cent of those who began their registration process online, are not eligible to receive a voter card before the 2023 general election and will therefore not be able to vote.

Although INEC said a total of 12,298,944 Nigerians completed their voter registration, 8,854,566 of that number were individuals who did their registration entirely at a physical centre.

INEC had fixed June 30 as the deadline for the CVR ahead of the 2023 elections, but extended it till July after a federal high court in Abuja stopped the commission from ending the exercise, following several pleas by Nigerians and civil society organisations (CSOs).

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