The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the deadline for the ongoing registration of voters has not been extended to 31st August, the deadline remains 30th June, 2022.
The commission made the announcement amidst the clamour for extension of the deadline due to upsurge in the number of potential registrants and the attendant logistics hitches. INEC, last week, said extension might be considered.
On Monday, online reports claimed the deadline had been extended prompting celebration in some quarters.
Asked if it was true the deadline has been extended to 31 August, 2022, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, chief press secretary to the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said: “No. It is not true. The deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) is still 30th June. The online pre-registration service closed since 30th May.
“What the Commission has done to respond to the surge in numbers of those who want to register, is to deploy more INEC Voter Enrollment Devices (IVEDs) to areas where the pressure is highest.
“These areas are all the states in the South-East region, Kano, Lagos and the FCT.”