As a prelude to the council elections scheduled for March 19, 2016, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would commence Continous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from January 13 to January 17.
According to the statement issued by the commission on Tuesday, the exercise would take place at all the 62 registration centres/wards and other approved locations across the FCT.
It said the CVR will begin atthe registration centre/wards at 9a.m. and end at 4p.m on each of the five-day exercise.
Claims and objections will follow on January 18, the last day of the registration exercise.
The statement explained that in order for one to be eligible for the CVR exercise, the person must be a citizen of Nigeria; must have attained the age of 18 on or before the registration day and should be 18 years or above and could not register during the last registration exercise.
Other criteria for eligibility required that one must be resident, works in, or originates from the local government area/area council or RA/Ward covered by the Registration Area Centre and must not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote under any law, rules or regulations in force in Nigeria.
It said every one seeking to register must present himself/herself to the CVR officers for registration and must provide proof of identity, age and nationality, if requested
In addition, a person may be eligible to participate if he has registered before but his/her name/photograph/finger-prints were not captured, but such person must provide his/her Temporary Voter’s Card (TVC) as evidence.
The statement further stated that after the CVR exercise, the preliminary register of voters (PRV) will be displayed for public scrutiny at designated centres.
“The Registration Officers (ROs) will print the list of registered voters daily and display at designated centres for a specified period. The register shall be clearly marked Preliminary Register of Voters,” it said.
Also, the commission said verification of registered voters can now be done via website and text message.
It said the two methods in which a voter can check his/her status are, web-based platform and mobile phone through text message.
According to the INEC, the process begins with the selection of the state in which one registered, followed by the last name on your voters’ card and typing of the last five digits of your Voter Identification Number (VIN). It explained that after typing the above on the ‘e-Voter status platform system,’ the person should then click on ‘Check Status.’
Similarly one can also check for his voter status by “sending an SMS with your state, last name, VIN to 081-7164-6879 and response would be sent to your phone within 15 minutes.