EC Admits Technical Challenges On Day 1; Assures Smooth Exercise

The Electoral Commission (EC) has admitted to the technical challenges it faced at some of the registration centres on the first day of the limited voter registration exercise ongoing across the country.

The exercise, which was originally scheduled to start at 7 a.m., witnessed a significant delay due to the late arrival of registration equipment, network connectivity challenges and an erratic power supply (dumsor).

The Commission in a statement on Tuesday, May 7, noted that “following our monitoring of the Voters Registration Exercise this morning, we observed some technical challenges with internet connectivity in a number of our Centres.”

“This delayed the start of the registration at a number of the Registration Centres,” it said.

“We are happy to note that by 12pm, the technical issues in most of the Registration Centres had been resolved. Consequently, the Registration Exercise is proceeding smoothly in almost all the Registration Centres nationwide,” the statement added.

“The Commission will continue to monitor the Registration Exercise and promptly address any issues that may arise.”

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission is seeking to register about 623,000 first-time voters onto the electoral roll in the ongoing limited voter registration exercise across the country ahead of the December 7 national elections.

The 21-day exercise, which commenced on Tuesday, May 7 in all 258 district offices of the Commission, is expected to end on Monday, May 27, 2024.

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