Observation of the Nationwide Continuous voters Registration Process and Emerging Concerns
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise on 28 June 2021 with the online pre-registration process. The introduction of online registration created an opportunity for eligible voters to commence their registration process online and subsequently visit an INEC registration centre to complete their full biometric registration. The online registration saw a large number of citizens engaging the INEC CVR portal with a total of 1,609, 981 eligible voters concluding their pre-registration as of 9th August 2021.
To provide independent oversight over the CVR exercise, Yiaga Africa trained and deployed 171 Watching the Vote observers in six states selected from six geo-political zones and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The states were purposely selected based on the number of registered voters, political, religious and ethnic diversities and the upcoming off-cycle elections.