ADVERTISEMENT

No new registrant has been added to Voters’ Register – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has yet to add new registrants, captured at the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR)to the Voters’ Register for 2023 General Election.

INEC

INEC said this in a statement by Festus Okoye, its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja on Thursday.

Okoye said that no new registrant would also be added to the register until the supplemental activities for their integration have been completed in line with the law.

“The attention of the commission has been drawn to a report of a press conference addressed by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on the Register of Voters for the 2023 general election.

“The commission recognises and respects the right of citizens, either as individuals and groups, to demand explanation from public agencies, including INEC, and to hold them accountable.

ADVERTISEMENT

“However, it is always important that caution is exercised so that such interventions do not unwittingly sow doubts in the public mind, thereby diminishing public confidence and trust in the electoral process,” he said.

Okoye said that Nigerians would recall that on July 31, the commission suspended the CVR to commence supplemental activities that would culminate in the integration of new registrants into the final register of voters for the 2023 General Election.

“It Is important to reiterate that no new registrant has yet been added to the Register of Voters for the 2023 General Election or will be included until these supplemental activities have been completed in line with the law.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we restate the main components of these activities.

“ First, the Commission is conducting a comprehensive Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) cleanup of the registration data by scrutinising every record.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Based on the Electoral Act 2022, any record that does not meet all the criteria for inclusion as stipulated in Section 10, including the appearance in person by the registrant at the registration venue with proof of identity, age and nationality and our business rules requirements of adequate number of fingerprints and clear pictures will be invalidated.

“Further, in line with Section 19(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, after the ABIS and clean up, the Commission shall appoint a period of seven days during which the register will be published for scrutiny by the public for objections and complaints.

“Finally, it is only after the cleanup and claims and objections have been completed that the final register will be published,” he said.

Okoye said that INEC would continue to provide the public with updates on the progress made on the processes.

“The ABIS for the period of registration between Jan. 15 and July 31 is being concluded presently, and the outcome in terms of multiple and ineligible records will be made public.

ADVERTISEMENT

“For instance, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo, where the commission allegedly registered ineligible persons, 3,316 ineligible registrants have so far been invalidated and the process is still ongoing,” he said.

Okoye appealed to Nigerians to await the commission’s display of the register for claims and objections, so they can raise any concerns that they might have on the registration.

He reiterated that “ABIS was robust and would detect practically all ineligible records for removal.

“Nigerians should be reassured of the commission’s commitment to the credibility of the electoral process in Nigeria.

“We appeal for your support while we painstakingly deal with the cleanup of the register and other processes that will guarantee that the general election in 2023 is free, fair, credible and inclusive,” he said.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Ebonyi lawmaker dumps Labour Party for APC

Ebonyi lawmaker dumps Labour Party for APC

Support Tinubu for enabling environment to strive, minister tells youths

Support Tinubu for enabling environment to strive, minister tells youths

Dividends of democracy will go round in Oyo State – Makinde

Dividends of democracy will go round in Oyo State – Makinde

First Lady wants Air Force officers’ wives to prioritise their mental health

First Lady wants Air Force officers’ wives to prioritise their mental health

We’ve reduced banditry in Katsina by 70% – Gov Radda

We’ve reduced banditry in Katsina by 70% – Gov Radda

EFCC hands over $22k seized from Lagos fraudster to FBI for transfer to owner

EFCC hands over $22k seized from Lagos fraudster to FBI for transfer to owner

Nigeria collapsed the day Tinubu removed petrol subsidy - Babachir Lawal

Nigeria collapsed the day Tinubu removed petrol subsidy - Babachir Lawal

Nigeria will not import one drop of petrol by June - Dangote

Nigeria will not import one drop of petrol by June - Dangote

Why I will support Peter Obi to be president in 2027 - Atiku

Why I will support Peter Obi to be president in 2027 - Atiku

Pulse Sports

'I want to be beautiful' - Sha’Carri Richardson on why she keeps long nails

Osimhen: PSG set for life after Mbappe with 200 BILLION NAIRA move for Super Eagles star

Osimhen: PSG set for life after Mbappe with 200 BILLION NAIRA move for Super Eagles star

Osimhen’s Champions League dream dies as Juventus and Bologna seal European qualification ahead of Napoli

Osimhen’s Champions League dream dies as Juventus and Bologna seal European qualification ahead of Napoli

Arteta’s Arsenal surpass Wenger's ‘Invincibles’ to break 20-year old Gunners’ record

Arteta’s Arsenal surpass Wenger's ‘Invincibles’ to break 20-year old Gunners’ record

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT