December 2, 2022

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INEC opens up on 7m denied voter registration


The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has said that media report that 7million individuals had been denied alternatives to register after they utilized within the on-line pre-registration and consequently the gathering of their Everlasting Voters Playing cards (PVCs) was deceptive.

This was contained in an announcement on Monday by the Nationwide Commissioner and chairman Info and Voter Training Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye.

The assertion learn: “The eye of the Fee has been drawn to media experiences that some seven million Nigerians who utilized for on-line pre-registration as voters over the last nationwide Steady Voter Registration (CVR) had been denied the chance to finish their registration and consequently the gathering of their Everlasting Voters Playing cards (PVCs). This declare is deceptive.

“To set the file straight, Nigerians might recall that on twenty eighth June 2021, the fee launched the net pre-registration of voters. By doing so, residents got the chance to begin the registration on-line after which e-book for an appointment at their comfort to finish the bodily Biometric Seize at designated centres. 

“It was a novel thought leveraging on know-how to ease the registration course of. This was along with the walk-in choice at bodily centres, the place Nigerians can begin and full thier registration concurrently with out going by the net pre-registration process.

“Within the curiosity of transparency, the fee supplied weekly statistical updates on the train.

“For the net pre-registration, a complete 10,487,972 commenced the method. Nonetheless, by the deadline of the train, 3,444,378 Nigerians accomplished their pre-registration bodily on the designated centres in step with the Fee’s coverage. 

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“Some 7,043,594 candidates didn’t full the registration. Once more, the fee made the data public. That is what some individuals are actually utilizing to say that they had been denied the chance when in actuality they did not both full the net enrolment or seem bodily on the designated centres to finish the method.

“A breakdown of the 7,043,594 incomplete on-line pre-registrations is as follows:

“4,161,775 residents tried however both didn’t full on-line pre-registration or deserted it and went for the bodily registration as an alternative.

“2,881,819 registrants accomplished the net pre-registration however didn’t present as much as full the bodily Biometric Seize at designated centres earlier than the deadline.

“Due to this fact, it’s clear that no Nigerians had been intentionally denied the chance to finish their on-line pre-registration.

“We enchantment residents to all the time adhere to timelines as in opposition to the limitless agitation for eleventh hour extension of set deadlines.”