Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, has appealed to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to collaborate with INEC in mobilizing prospective registrants for the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise which began on Monday, stressing the importance of early registration to avoid last-minute rush.

Yakubu, who made the appeal on Monday at the second quarterly meeting with Civil Society Organizations at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, also announced plans to make uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) available for collection during the CVR, with the list of uncollected PVCs to be published in INEC offices and online platforms.

Regarding the upcoming Edo governorship election, Yakubu confirmed the publication of the final list of candidates and the commencement of public campaigning, which began on April 24th, 2024.

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He urged CSOs to submit their applications for election observation promptly, emphasizing the importance of adherence to deadlines and reporting requirements.

Prof. Yakubu also informed the gathering about vacancies in National and State Assemblies, leading to upcoming bye-elections in four states across the country. He assured that once preparations are finalized, INEC will announce the dates for these bye-elections.

The Chairman reiterated INEC’s commitment to transparency, stakeholder engagement, and the smooth conduct of electoral processes across Nigeria.