INEC insists on Sunday July 31, deadline 



‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja


DAILY COURIER – As the deadline for registration of voters for the 2023 general elections comes to a close on Sunday, July 31, 2022, more states are mobilizing their residents to take advantage of the window.

DAILY COURIER reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met in an extraordinary session today, Friday 15th July 2022, and fixed Sunday July 31, 2022 to suspend the Continuous Voters Registration following the judgement of the Federal High Court which it dismissed the suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) which is seeking an extension of the exercise beyond 30th June 2022.

Sanwo-Olu approves 4 work-free days for PVC registration

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has approved four work- free days for civil servants in the state who are yet to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) or registered to do so.

A statement signed by the Lago State Head of Service, Hekeem Muri-Okunola, said the work-free days would begin from July 26 and end on Friday, July 29 before the expiration of the deadline given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for prospective voters to get registered.

The statement, which directed Accounting Officers to ensure compliance, asked workers to bring along their PVC when returning for work.

The statement read, “It is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in the Electoral process of her country, therefore, all Public Servants are encouraged to partake in the upcoming Year 2023 General Elections.

“Consequently, it is notified for general information that all Public Servants who are yet to register for or collect their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) from designated INEC centres are advised do so before the deadline date of 30th July 2022.

“To this end, Mr Governor has graciously approved a work-free day for public servants, to enable them process/collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) from their respective local government and local council development areas.

“Officers are expected to return back to work with their Voter’s Card after this exercise.

“Accordingly, Accounting Officers are hereby enjoined to excuse their officers in the respective Grade Levels on the designated dates.”

The designated dates, according to the Head of Service are, Tuesday 26th- Grade Levels concerned are 01, 03, 07 & 15.

For Wednesday, July 27, the Grade Levels affected are 02, 04, 08 and 13, while Thursday, July 28, is for Grade Levels 05, 09, 12 and 17. Friday, July 29 is set aside for Grade Levels 06, 10, 14 and 16.

Ogun declares Tuesday work-free for PVC registration

The Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has declared Tuesday, July 26, 2022 as a work-free day in the state.

In a Statement issued in Abeokuta on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, Governor Abiodun said the one-day public holiday is to provide a window for all workers in the state, who have either lost their cards, not registered or who might need to travel to their wards, local government areas and constituencies to perfect their Permanent Voter registration or transfer their cards, where necessary, to enable them participate in the next general elections”.

“As an inclusive, participatory and accountable government, the role of PVCs to the citizens cannot be overemphasised,” the statement added.

The Governor, therefore, urged all eligible adults to seize the opportunity of the holiday to go home to their different wards and constituencies to search for their Registered Voter Cards (PVCs), fill the claims and objections forms and transfer the PVCs where necessary, the statement concluded.