Extend voter registration, Reps urge INEC

The House of Representatives has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to extend the June 30, 2022, deadline for voter registration by 60 days, to enable more eligible Nigerians to register, get their Permanent Voter Card and participate in the 2023 general elections.

Also, the House has mandated its Committee on Electoral Matters to engage with INEC to “examine and proffer solutions to the shortage of registration machines and manpower.”

The engagement is to also see to the deployment of an additional 30 voter registration machines in each of the 774 local government areas, train and deploy ad hoc staff to improve the shortage of manpower at registration centres and provide security for the ad hoc staff.

The committee is to report back within two weeks for further legislative action.