As at 13th January 2018, 74 million Nigerians have registered to vote. Surprisingly, over 8 million PVC’s are yet to be collected and only 4 million people are newly registered since 2015! Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) is an exercise meant for the registration of citizens who turned 18 years of age after the last registration exercise; or those who for one reason or another could not register in the previous exercises. The main activities for the Nationwide CVR are:
- Fresh Registration
- Transfer of Voters
- Distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs)
On the 27th of April, 2017 INEC commenced the CVR exercise as envisaged in the Electoral Act (2010 as amended). In November 2017, 10 additional Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) centres for each of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were approved. This is in addition to the INEC LGA offices nationwide earmarked for the exercise.
INEC is deploying additional Direct Data Capturing (DDC) machines to decentralize the ongoing continuous voters’ registration and ease the process by moving across different locations in Ogun State and Lagos State.
Why Should You Register?
- If you are not registered, you cannot vote and others will determine who represents your ward, local government, state and country on issues that matter to you
- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) only registers new voters at specific times. If you have not yet registered to vote, look out for announcements for upcoming Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.
Tips for New Voters
- Register to vote in a polling unit close to your area of residence due to restricted movement on election days.
- Don’t know where your polling unit is? Use the INEC Polling Unit Locator Tool
Replacement of Lost or Damaged Voters Card
A valid voters register with each voter having a voters card is a must to ensure that elections are free and fair.
A person must possess a voters card in order to be accredited and allowed to vote during an election. The card identifies the voter. Thus the voter’s name can be checked easily by the Presiding Officer or his Assistant.
It is therefore important that a person keeps his voter’s card safely, to prevent loss or damage.
However, if a person loses his card or if it is damaged, the Independent National Electoral Commission can replace them.
The procedure for replacement of lost or damaged voters cards is as follows:-
- The voter shall apply in person to the Electoral Officer or any other officer duly authorized for that purpose by the Resident Electoral Commissioner.
- The application shall be at least 30 days before an election
- The applicant shall state the circumstances of the loss or damage
- The applicant shall be issued with another copy of his original voter’s card.
- The word “DUPLICATE” will be marked or printed on it clearly.
- The date of issue will also be printed on the new voter’s card.