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INEC suspends voter registration in FCT

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to suspend the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration in the FCT.

This is in accordance with the constitutional requirement which says registration exercise must stop 60 days before any election.

Making the disclosure at a news briefing in Abuja, FCT Resident Electoral Commissioner, Yahaya Bello, said political parties and other stakeholders in the electoral system had been duly informed about the suspension.

Mr Bello however acknowledged that the collection of Permanent Voter Cards would be continuing at the INEC Area Council offices across the territory, and hinted that collection would stop 48 hours before the FCT Area Council election in February 2022.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, who attributed the current upsurge in the number of people at the Registration Centers across the territory to the 60 days deadline for the exercise, said the Commission was adequately ready to work on Saturdays to register and attend to those with complaints.

As part of preparations for the poll, Mr Bello reassured FCT residents that 11,702 Ad-hoc Staff, including NYSC Members, would be adequately trained for the election.

According to him, those to be engaged as Supervisory Presiding Officers will be civil servants on grade level 10 to 14.

He urged the media to adequately sensitise the residents on the need to maintain decorum during the election.

He also stressed the need for political parties to educate their supporters to conduct themselves properly before, during and after the area council election.

Reporting by Kayode Oyedare; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor