22.6% voters identified as ineligible registrants after ABIS clean up – INEC to CSO’s

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By Joy Odor

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has informed the Civil Society Organisations, (CSOs) that a total of 2,780,756 (22.6 per cent) voters were identified as ineligible registrants and invalidated after rigorous cleaning-up of the data using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS).

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu who made this known to newsmen in his speech during the Commission’s quarterly Consultative meeting with the CSOs in Abuja on Thursday added that this is as a result of double and multiple registrations, under-aged persons, and outright fake registrations.

Prof. Yakubu said tlduring the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, which started on June 28 and was suspended on July 31, 2022, a total of 12,298,944 new voters successfully completed their registrations.

He explained 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 now brings the total to 93,522,272 registered voters at the moment.

Prof. Yakubu explained that, in accordance with the law, the Commission would be publishing the hard copies of the new register at designated centres of the 8,809 Registration Areas (Wards) and 774 LGAs across the country and the entire register on its website from Saturday, Nov. 12 to Friday, Nov. 25 for claims and objections by Nigerians.

He appealed to the CSOs and Nigerians in general to check and scrutinise the list when published if there are still ineligible persons in the register to draw INEC attention to it for clear and better register for the 2023 election.

“We played our own part, which was to do the initial cleaning up of the register, but the law required that Nigerians 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” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the CSOs, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund, Mufuliat Fijabi, expressed the organisations’ commitment to enhancing the process of elections in Nigeria and to having credible elections.

“We, however, seek this medium to also call on the Commission to continue with real-time collaboration with civil society organisations, and its turn around on feedback as things unfold for the 2023 General Election in Nigeria.”

“While I commend the Commission, I also wish to state clearly that CSOs, as critical stakeholders, will continue to do our best to make the democracy of Nigeria one that is good and one that we are proud of as Nigerians that remains a standard example for other African countries” noted.

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