Edo/Ondo gubers: Join us to mobilise citizens for voter registration, INEC begs media

Ahead of the Edo and Ondo states governorship polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called on media organisations in the country to join it in mobilising prospective registrants for the Continuous voter Registration (CVR) exercise slated for May 27 to June 5, 2024.

Speaking in Abuja at the second quarterly meeting with the media chiefs on Wednesday, Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, underscored the need for eligible citizens to register early and not wait until the deadline approached when the registration centres would be inundated by eleventh hour registrants.

Prof Yakubu said, “The Commission therefore appeals to the media to join us in mobilising prospective registrants for the exercise, particularly on the need to register early and not wait until the deadline approaches when the registration centres will be inundated by eleventh hour registrants”.

Yakubu urged media organisations to submit applications for accreditation to report on the election in earnest along with the required documentation for individual journalists and support staff. 

He stressed that doing so would enable the Commission to produce and deliver the identity cards for journalists covering the election in good time. 

He warned that the commission would not entertain requests outside the deadline for the receipt of applications from interested media organisations or process requests that do not meet the criteria for accreditation.

“As we move closer to Election Day in Edo State, it is also imperative to request media organisations to submit applications for accreditation to report on the election in earnest along with the required documentation for individual journalists and support staff. Doing so will enable the Commission to produce and deliver the identity cards for journalists covering the election in good time. 

“The commission will not entertain requests outside the deadline for the receipt of applications from interested media organisations or process requests that do not meet the criteria for accreditation.”