CEM REPORT, ELECTION | The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will publish the new voters register at designated centres of the 8,809 Registration Areas (Wards) and 774 LGAs across the country from Saturday, 12 November to Friday, 25 November for claims and objections by Nigerians.
The commission also states that it will publish the entire register on its website.
Speaking at the commission’s quarterly meeting with the CSOs in Abuja, INECs’ Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, appealed to Civil society and Nigerians to scrutinise the list and call the attention of the commission to irregularities.
“I will like to appeal to all Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the display to scrutinize the list and help us to clean it further so that the final register of voters for the 2023 general elections can be compiled and published.
“We played our own part which is to do the initial cleaning up of the register, but the law required that Nigerians should help us and that is why we’re printing 9.3 million copies of the register and displaying the same at the wards and local governments nationwide.
“Let me once again appeal to civil society and Nigerians, in general, to please when we paste the list, check and scrutinise so that if there are still ineligible persons in the register kindly draw our attention to it so that at the end of the day we’ll have a clearer and better register for the election.”
He reiterated that the commission after a rigorous cleaning-up of the data using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), a total of 2,780,756 (22.6 per cent) was identified as ineligible registrants and invalidated from the record, as a result of double/multiple registrations, under-aged persons and out rightly fake registrations.
He said that after the delisting of the ineligible registrants, a total of 9,518,188 newly registered voters has been added to the existing 84,004,084 voters which gave Nigeria a total of preliminary 93,522,272 registered voters.
On the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), Yakubu said INEC was working to ensure the completion of printing of remaining PVCs for all newly registered voters and those that applied for transfer or the replacement of their lost or damaged cards.
He noted that in the coming days, INEC would inform Nigerians of its plan to ensure a seamless collection of the PVCs.
“Since the end of the CVR in July this year we have been working to ensure that citizens have a pleasant experience when they come to collect their cards including collaboration with civil society organisations for a pilot exercise in the Federal Capital Territory.
He called for the continued support of the CSOs and Nigerians saying the ultimate objective of the commission was to deliver a credible election in 2023.
“This is our elections, it is not the INEC election. It is Nigeria elections. It is when we come together that we can have the kind of credible elections that We all expect.
“It is not just for INEC alone. It is for all of us as Nigerians and we will make every piece of information available to every conscientious individual or group that wants to partner with the commission to deliver credible elections in 2023.”