The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu announced on Wednesday that the Continuous Voter Registration, CVR, exercise will commence in the first quarter of 2021 ahead of the 2023 general election.
The Electoral body disclosed this during a budget defence session with the Senate Committee on INEC while also stating that the sum of N1billion has also been earmarked by INEC for the exercise.
Professor Yakubu during the session said he is in support of diaspora voting and called on the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act to accommodate diaspora and early voting.
He is also seeking approval of the Senate to spend N5.2 billion from the special INEC fund to make up for the shortfall in the 2020 budget which was cut because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It would be recalled that INEC had earlier in October said the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the voter registration exercise.
However, the Chief Press Secretary to the Commission said the virus was still very much in the community and CVR is a national exercise that requires the mobilisation of a lot of equipment, materials, and personnel.