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New date for the commencement of physical registration of voters by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been announced.

According to the commission, the new date will now be July 26 as against July 19 previously announced.

The commission had earlier given the date for commencement of physical registration as July 19 but added that it may be affected by public holidays.

In a statement on Friday, Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education, said with the federal government’s declaration of July 20 and July 21 as public holidays, the date had to be adjusted.

“Consequently, the physical registration of voters will now commence on Monday 26 July 2021. Online registrants that have scheduled appointments from 19th July 2021 to 23rd July 2021 will have their appointments rescheduled,” the statement reads.

“It is important to emphasise that this Continuous Voter Registration will take place over a period of one year. The Commission assures all Nigerians that no citizen eligible to register as a voter will be left behind.”

It would be recalled that INEC had launched its online portal June 28 where citizens can register or request to update their voter information before they complete the process physically at designated centres across the country.

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