Francis Ezeonu, INEC Election Commissioner for Elections stated that the voter registration process in the 24 constituencies provided to 27 LGAs in Imo has commenced.
Mr Ezeonu, speaking to reporters in Owerri, said the work had been suspended from LGAs in Njaba, Orsu and Ihitte Uboma due to insecurity.
He advised the people of the affected local councils to register at any suitable location, adding that arrangements were being made to distribute their cards to the government office.
The REC also revealed that 7,145 of the 16,511 voters registered with the Automated Biometric Identification System were declared invalid due to dual registration.
He urged voters not to copy their registration, adding that permanent voting cards (PVC) do not expire.
He urged those who lost PVC to bring a court order to replace him, warning that any attempt to register more people would be tantamount to electoral fraud.
He also advised voters to take advantage of the fourth round of registration which started on April 11 before ending on June 30.
He added that the online site would be closed during the quarter to allow enough time for all pre-subscribers to take biometric photos before June 30th.
The REC also announced that the commission had completed the processing of the first and second quarter registration data for the current voter registration system.
He added that PVCs for those, who are registered in the first and second phase are ready to be collected and those who have registered from 2011 to 2018.
The INEC official also said the action plan as published by the 2023 national election commission will continue with the ongoing voter registration exercise.