The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has deleted 1,126,359 fresh registrants from the voters’ register over invalid registrations.
In a statement released on Monday, Festus Okoye, INEC’s commissioner on information, said the cleaning of the voters’ register becomes necessary ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“As Nigerians are aware, the cleaning up of the register of voters using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) is ongoing since the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on 31st July 2022.
“Earlier, the Commission informed Nigerians that out of the 2,523,458 (Two million, five hundred and twenty-three thousand, four hundred and fifty-eight) fresh registrants that registered between 28th June 2021 and 14th January 2022 1,126,359 (one million, one hundred and twenty-six thousand, three hundred and fifty-nine were to be found invalid and consequently delisted,” the statement.
He added that “the ABIS for the period—15th January to 31st July 2022 is almost completed. Several double, multiple and ineligible registrants have also been detected and invalidated. These include entries that fail to meet the Commission’s business rules. The Commission takes this responsibility seriously because a credible register is at the heart of electoral integrity.
“As soon as the process is concluded, the Commission will provide the public with full information as usual. Thereafter, valid registrants will be added to the existing national register of voters before publishing the same nationwide for security, claims and objections by citizens as required by section 19 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022.
“We reassure Nigerians that a thorough process is being undertaken to clean up the registration data. Similarly, permanent voters’ cards (PVC) for all valid registrants will be available for collection by the end of October/early November as promised,” Mr Okoye said.
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