The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will begin the Continuous Voter Registration in Kogi and Bayelsa states on September 2 till September 7, ahead of the governorship elections in both states.
The commission’s daily bulletin yesterday said the registration would hold in the local government areas from 8a.m. to 4p.m. daily.
It noted that the five-day registration was for those yet unregistered and those who just turned 18.
“Those who were eligible but did not register before the March and April general election and those who registered but their names were not in the voters’ register”, INEC said.
“There are also those who have attained the age of 18 years since the last registration”, it said.
The commission urged prospective voters in both states to register so that they can vote in the elections.
It said the commission held a stakeholders’ meeting in Kogi and would hold a similar meeting in Bayelsa on Thursday.
Also, INEC has urged election monitors to make meaningful observations and recommendations that would further strengthen the electoral process.
Its bulletin quoted the Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, as speaking at a stakeholders’ post-election review of gender responsiveness during elections.
It said Osaze-Uzzi, who was represented by the commission’s Deputy Director of Publicity, Mr Nick Dazang, said INEC had benefited from the recommendation of election monitors.
He noted that such recommendations had been factored into the commission’s plans to strengthen the country’s electoral process.
Osaze-Uzzi said: “It is what observers say about an election that gives it credibility.
“That is why it is always important, especially for a growing democracy like that of Nigeria, to always factor and invite observers and report the process before, during and after the election.”