CVR: Group solicits NASS support for INEC

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Centre For Liberty has solicited the support of and for the of the Continuous Voters Registration () by the commencing on Monday.

The group in a statement by its Co-Convener, Mr Ariyo-Dare Atoye, in Abuja on Sunday, said ’ support was necessary considering the security concern raised by .

He said citizens’ participation in the electoral process was necessary for the protection and sustenance of the democratic space hence.

Atoye also called on to immediately pass the Electoral Act Amendment Bill to encourage citizen involvement.

“We sympathise with over the safety concern it raised about staff and equipment as the commission commences the exercise.

“At a time the country is faced with increased level of insecurity, we urge all and the communities to do everything possible to protect the staff and equipment of and ensure the of the .

“The immediate approval of a Electoral Act by the leadership can inspire public confidence in the CVR and ensure people’s ownership of the electoral process, and by translate into community protection for INEC ‘s staff and equipment.

“While the failure of the leadership to approve a electoral act since 2018, has brought about increased trust deficit in the electoral space and increased , the 9th National must urgently pass the Electoral Bill for a quick assent by the president.

, as witnessed during the 2019 general election and in the recent off-cycle elections, creates distrusts in the and weakens the people’s resolve to guarantee general support for public institutions and equipment.

“Since electoral reforms now represent a major Citizens Charter of Demand to for good , the passage of the Electoral Act 2021 would significantly help to galvanise the populace to be fully involved in the CVR exercise and prepare adequately for elections.

“Assuring Nigerians of free, fair and credible elections through the passage of the Electoral Bill will further reawaken the hope of people have already given up on the and also put Nigeria on the map of countries committed to a transparent electoral ,” Atoye said.

INEC has scheduled June 28 for the commencement of online registration for the CVR and July 19 for the commencement of physical registration of eligible registrants at its local governments and states offices across the country.

The commission, however, said the security situation would determine the date for the commencement of physical registration at its designated centres across the country.