February 3, 2023

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2023: Registered voters now 93.5m – INEC


The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) Wednesday stated following the its cleansing up of newly registered voters, the remaining 9,518,188 new voters have been added to  current register of 84,004,084 voters to deliver it to 93,522,272 million voters.

INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu acknowledged this on the third quarterly assembly with political events on the fee’s headquarters in Abuja.

He stated, to this point, the fee had recognized 23 registration officers concerned on this unethical conduct and that disciplinary motion in opposition to them had commenced in earnest.  

The INEC boss, whereas cautioning the political events in opposition to violence and depriving opponents of public services of their area, stated, “the fee will proceed to trace the campaigns and won’t hesitate to provoke the prosecution of violators as supplied by legislation.”

The INEC chairman stated: “The preliminary register of voters in Nigeria now stands at 93,522,272. It’s preliminary as a result of Part 19 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Act 2022 requires the fee to show the exhausting copies of the register of voters for every Registration Space (Ward) and Native Authorities Space (and concurrently publish all the register on the fee’s web site) for a interval of two weeks for scrutiny, claims and objections by residents not later than 90 days to a common election. 

“Accordingly, within the subsequent few days, the Fee will print 9,352,228 pages of the register. The exhausting copy shall be displayed for every of the 8,809 Registration Areas (Wards) and 774 Native Authorities Areas nationwide whereas all the register shall be printed on our web site for claims and objections as required by legislation. 

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“The fee can be working exhausting to make sure the completion of printing of remaining PVCs for brand new voters in addition to those who utilized to switch or the alternative of their misplaced or broken playing cards. Within the coming days, we can even inform Nigerians of the detailed plan to make sure a seamless assortment of the PVCs. 

“We’re conscious that Nigerians anticipate an enchancment within the process for PVC assortment. For the reason that finish of the CVR in July this 12 months, we now have been working to make sure that residents have a nice expertise once they come to gather their playing cards.

“We’re additionally making a gentle progress in different essential areas of preparation for the election, together with the availability of delicate and non-sensitive supplies, the recruitment of employees and planning for the motion of personnel and supplies for the election. 

“The fee deployed hundreds of diligent employees for the CVR train and the overwhelming majority of them discharged their duties rigorously. Sadly, a couple of of them didn’t. The fictional registrations had been carried out by a few of our Registration Officers concerned within the subject train and will simply be traced. 

“Every registration machine is operated utilizing an entry code tied to a devoted e-mail assigned to a employees. There’s due to this fact an audit path that offers the overall variety of individuals registered by every official concerned within the registration train. In some case, a few of them made as many as 40 makes an attempt or extra to register one faux voter. 

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“In consequence, the fee has to this point recognized 23 Registration Officers concerned on this unethical conduct and disciplinary motion has commenced. We will proceed to guard the integrity of our voters’ register. It’s pivotal to credible elections. It is usually a nationwide asset and simply the biggest database of residents in Africa and one of many largest on the planet.

“Final week, the fee cautioned political events, candidates and their supporters to eschew violence throughout the electioneering marketing campaign. 

“The assertion was essential in opposition to the background of clashes amongst supporters of various political events, together with allegations of denial of entry to public services and the destruction of billboards and different out of doors marketing campaign supplies by acts of thuggery. 

“The campaigns have simply begun. As occasion leaders, it’s best to stay dedicated to peaceable electioneering. We’ll proceed to work collectively to take away encumbrances to the best of events and candidates to freely canvass for the assist of the citizens. The fee will proceed to trace the campaigns and won’t hesitate to provoke the prosecution of violators as supplied by legislation.”