The possibility of extending the present Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) program further has been thrown down by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ken Okeagu, the INEC National Commissioner in charge of the states of Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo, said this at a news conference in Abakaliki on Wednesday.
Mr. Okeagu, who was in Ebonyi for a day-long monitoring visit, stated that his task was to evaluate the exercise there.
He claimed to have assessed the exercise’s current state by visiting the commission’s Local Government Area Offices.
He was pleased with how many potential registrants showed up.
Mr. Okeagu applauded INEC in Ebonyi for the measures taken to ensure a seamless election in the state.
He stated that in order to deal with the overflow at the registration centers, the commission would take the deployment of extra voter enrollment equipment into consideration.
He did, however, rule out further extending the exercise, which is scheduled to expire on July 31.
“I’m quite impressed. The arrangement is good and people are turning out.
“So far, we don’t have challenges other than the number of people that have been coming out to register.
“I have gone round some of the centres and we are discussing how to take care of the surge.
“Some of the arrangements are going to be internal and we are looking basically at getting more machines to attend to people.
“We are not going to extend again.
“We have done it once for one month and we are not going to extend it again.
“Those who have yet to register should go and get registered.
“The exercise will end on July 31 and we will continue after the 2023 general elections,” Mr Okeagu said.