The Electoral Commission (EC) has temporarily suspended the replacement of voters Identification (ID) cards across the country.
In a release dated Wednesday, August 23, 2018, the commission said the suspension commences with â€˜immediate effect.â€™
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According to the EC, the suspension has become necessary to retool the voter management systems at the district level.
â€œThis is to enable the Commission to mobilize and retool its district Voter Management Systems (VMS), as part of its preparatory activities toward its scheduled 2018 online limited voters registration exerciseâ€, the EC stated.
The electoral body, however, indicated that a new date for the resumption of the replacement would be announced later.
Here is the full statement
SUSPENSION OF THE REPLACEMENT OF VOTERS ID CARDS
â€œThe Electoral Commission announces with immediate effect, the temporary nationwide suspension of the issuance of replacement voter ID cards at its district offices.
This is to enable the commission to mobilize and retool its district Voter Management Systems (VMS), as part of its preparatory activities toward its scheduled 2018 online limited voters registration exercise.
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A new date for the resumption of the ID card replacement services will be announced in due course.
Any inconvenience caused by this notice is very much regrettedâ€.
Replacement of lost ID cards at the EC
The Electoral Commission puts arrangements in place for registered voters who have misplaced their ID cards.
The replacement of lost voter ID cards is done at all district offices nationwide at a fee.
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Any person who loses his voter I.D. card will within 7 days of becoming aware of the loss report the loss in person to the District Officer of the Commission or to the nearest police station.
The police officer in charge will, in turn, report the loss to the District Officer of the Commission within 7 days of the receipt of the report.