Nigerian citizens who could not complete the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to expand the exercise after the deadline on Sunday, July 31.
Earlier, the electoral body extended the exercise from June 30 to July 31 to enable all eligible citizens to get their PVC (Permanent Voters Card) before the 2023 elections. However, several were still not able to do the same.
According to the sources, intending voters present at some voting centres in Abuja on Sunday, July 31, groaned over a reported scheme to disenfranchise them.
One of the individuals who lamented, Ojo K.T., said that he had been trying to register for PVC since last Monday, adding that the officials are scared of the impending revolution.
He stated that he thought that they didn’t want them to vote. There are still several people who will be denied the opportunity to take part in the election. Something is wrong with this country.
He also said that most people who were present since 3 am were youth trying to get their PVCs. The government is afraid of the coming revolution, therefore, they are intentionally pulling youth away.
While speaking further, he said we must hit the road to ask for the extension of this exercise, and it is their right to vote, and nobody should infringe that right.
In another region, it was revealed that only computers were found in the INEC office in spite of the large numbers of citizens trying their way since the start of the exercise.
The President General of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), Goodluck Ibem, disclosed that many southeast residents were unable to register.
Ibem said that the region was intentionally deprived of satisfactory equipment for the exercise as he reported that it was not the case in the northern part of the nation.