The Chairman of the Iindependent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu says registration of eligible voters will commence by 2021 ahead of the 2023 general elections.
According to Prof Mahmood, the exercise will begin in January and run for next 18 months – and stop about six months before the elections.
“For continuous voter registration, the Commission intends to resume voter registration in the first quarter of 2021. And once we resume, it will be continuous for one and half years, at least until six months to the next general election”
In other words, the Commission is not going to resume voter registration for a week, two weeks or a month but we are working out the details.”
He also said N1 billion has been budgeted for the registration exercise.
The INEC boss said this in an interview with journalists on Wednesday, shortly after his 2021 budget defence at the Senate.
Speaking further, he also disclosed that the commission is ready to “roll out” diaspora voting to enable more eligible Nigerian citizens working in diplomatic missions or those permanently living abroad to vote.
He says “it requires the amendment to the constitution and the Electoral Act for that to happen. And we have already worked out the document”.