The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has hinted it may suspend the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in August.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the hint emerged during INEC quarterly consultative meeting with the media on Thursday in Abuja.

INEC stated that it needed to suspend the exercise in good time in order to complete the procedures required for data processing, production and distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of 2019 general elections.

While speaking at a media briefing, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said from previous experience, the timeline required from the close of registration to the point of production and issuance of PVCs to prospective voters was about 120 days.

“This time span is required for the purpose of claims and objections and other backed activities including running the Business Rules and Automated Fingers Identification System (AFIS).

“Another 30 days is required from the date of PVC production to the point of issuance to registered voters for the purpose of quality assurance, packaging and movement from the Central Store to the respective state and Local Government Area offices.’’