CEM REPORT, ELECTION | The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the cleaning up of its voter register using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) since the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on 31st July 2022.
The commission revealed that a total of 1,126,359 have been deregistered from the 2,523,458 fresh registrants that registered between June 28, 2021, and January 14, 202.
The electoral body also adds that it detected multiple and ineligible registration in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) held between January 1 and July 31.
This is according to INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
“Earlier, the commission informed Nigerians that out of the 2,523,458 fresh registrants that registered between 28th June 2021 and 14th January 2022, 1,126,359 records were found to be invalid and consequently delisted.”
“The ABIS for the period Jan. 15 to July 31, 2022, is almost completed. Several double, multiple and ineligible registrants have also been detected and invalidated.
“These include entries that failed to meet the Commission’s business rules. The Commission takes this responsibility seriously because a credible register is at the heart of electoral integrity.”
Okoye added that as soon as the clean-up exercise is completed valid registrations will be added to the voter’s register.
He also noted that Permanent Voters’ Cards will be available from October.
“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 same nationwide for scrutiny, claims and objections as required by the Electoral Act 2022.
“Similarly, Permanent Voters’ Cards for all valid registrants will be available for collection by the end of October and early November as promised.”
With the delisting of 1,126,359, only 1,397,099 of the fresh registration are valid and would be added to the existing voter register.