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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has dismissed viral claims that it extended voters registration deadline by 60 days, insisting that it never did so.
The deadline of June 30 was insisted upon by the commission.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that there have been rumours that the commission extended the deadline for voter registration by 60 days as a result of pressure.
Nevertheless, the commission declared that registration would shortly continue notwithstanding the deadline in accordance with the court’s ruling, which commanded it not to terminate registration.
INEC National Electoral Commissioner for information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, told The Punch that there was no truth that it extended the deadline by 60 days.
‘No. We have not extended anything. The June 30 deadline still stands,” he said, saying that the commission would be going to court on June 29 in respect of the injunction granted by the Federal High Court, Abuja.
‘There is a court order to ensure we do not stop registration this month. The injunction is what is subsisting. But as I said earlier, the commission has not extended voter registration for a day.
‘We will be going to court on the 29th of this month to explain our stand on the June 30 deadline. But as of now, the commission has not extended registration but will only respect the court order,’ Okoye said.
AfricaDaily New, New York reports that there has been an upsurge in the number of people who want to obtain their voters cards ahead of next year’s general elections.