2023: INEC Delists 1.1 Million ‘Invalid’ Registrations

Voters check for their details in a polling unit in Ekiti state on June 18, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
In this file photo, voters check for their details in a polling unit in Ekiti state on June 18, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has delisted 1.1 million fresh registrants ahead of the 2023 general elections. 

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

“As Nigerians are aware, the cleaning up of the register of voters using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) is ongoing since the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on 31st July 2022,” Okoye added.

“Earlier, the Commission informed Nigerians that out of the 2, 523,458 (Two million, five hundred and twenty-three thousand, four hundred and fifty-eight) fresh registrants that registered between 28th June 2021 and 14th January 2022, 1,126,359 (One million, one hundred and twenty-six thousand, three hundred and fifty-nine) records were found to be invalid and consequently delisted.”

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He explained that the ABIS for 15th January to 31st July 2022 is almost completed, noting that “several double, multiple and ineligible registrants have also been detected and invalidated.

“These include entries that fail to meet the Commission’s business rules. The Commission takes this responsibility seriously because a credible register is at the heart of electoral integrity.”

According to him, INEC will display the voter register once the “process is concluded”.

“Thereafter, valid registrants will be added to the existing national register of voters before publishing same nationwide for scrutiny, claims, and objections by citizens as required by section 19 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022,” the INEC official said.

“We reassure Nigerians that a thorough process is being undertaken to clean up the registration data. Similarly, Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all valid registrants will be available for collection by the end of October/early November as promised.”

2023: Why We Can’t Extend Voter Registration – INEC 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says extending the voter registration exercise will hamper its preparations for the 2023 general elections. 

This is according to the Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Mike Igini who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“Now that we have officially suspended the CVR process, we have to consolidate; aggregate the data and thereafter run the biometric accreditation system to weed out all multiple registrants,” he said during the breakfast show on Friday.

“Thereafter, Section 19 [Electoral Act 2022] says we must do a one-week display of the voter register for the commission to accept claims; objections as it relates to either omitted names or names of individuals that ought not to be on that register as identified by people in the area.

“And how do you do that? You have to produce the preliminary register of voters for this purpose which means they have to be millions of these would-be voters. That will be posted in the entire wards and local governments of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that is a huge work.”

‘A Lot To Be Done

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File photo of the Permanent Voter Cards.

 

He explained that after this, the electoral umpire will also produce and distribute the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to the new registrants.

“So, there is a whole lot to be done,” he said, noting that Section 17 of the Electoral Act only mandates the Commission to stop voter registration less than and not exactly 90 days to the election.

Aside from this, he said, “it is not only this that INEC will be doing”.

Igini said Nigerians should rather be concerned about voter turnout in the next election despite the outcry that greeted the suspension of the registration.

“What gives spice to the practice of democracy is mass participation,” the INEC official said.

The INEC REC expressed satisfaction with the recent wave of enthusiasm by Nigerians in the electoral process, likening it to what happened in the country in the lead-up to the 1993 poll.

Before his comment, the electoral body had suspended voter registration on July 31, saying 12 million persons were newly registered.

A breakdown of the data showed that about 71 percent of the newly registered voters are youths.  It also indicated that 8.7 million are between the ages of 18 and 34 while about 2.4 million are between ages 35 and 49.

Voter Registration: New Registrants Now 10.4m, Says INEC

A man displays his voter's card on September 19, 2020. Photo credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
In this file photo, a man displays his voter’s card on September 19, 2020. Photo credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

Over 10 million new voters have registered in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise across the country.

This is according to the update for Week 11 in the Fourth Quarter released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday.

A breakdown of the figure showed that while fresh registrants hit 10,487,972, completed registration was pegged at 8,631,696.

Online registration as of 7 am, Monday 27th June 2022 was pegged at 3,250,449, and physical registration, at 5,381,247.

Furthermore, the update noted that the fresh registrants are made up of 4,292,690 males; females: 4,339,006; Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs): 67,171 and youths: 6,081,456.


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Before now, the electoral body has said extending the voters’ registration was now inevitable following a surge in interest and calls by Nigerians for the exercise to be extended.

INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye said this on Friday as the June 30th deadline draws closer.

He said INEC “is disposed towards extending the date for the CVR”.

“We are convinced that after we make our arguments, the court will be convinced on why we cannot extend the CVR beyond a certain period,” Mr Okoye added.

“But we are convinced, given the enthusiasm of Nigerians, given the new resolve of Nigerians to register, that an extension is inevitable.

“The Commission is disposed towards extending the period for the CVR but not up to the period that some people are canvassing.”

As part of moves to get Nigerians registered, the European Union and YIAGA Africa, a civil organisation, recently organised concerts in Lagos and Abuja.

Tagged ‘Youth Vote Count’, the mega concerts have top Nigerian artists performing to a teeming crowd. Registrations were also done at the events.

Religious organisations and other bodies have also ramped up efforts to get eligible Nigerians enrolled.

INEC Has Agreed To Extend Voters’ Registration – Reps

A man displays his voter's card on September 19, 2020. Photo credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
In this file photo, a man displays his voter’s card on September 19, 2020. Photo credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

The Chairman of the House Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Aishatu Dukku has informed lawmakers that the electoral body will extend the continuous voters’ registration exercise.

She stated this on Wednesday while reporting back to the House after being directed last week by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, to interact with the electoral umpire over the need to extend the exercise.

The Speaker’s directive followed a motion on the need for INEC to extend the exercise and not disenfranchise willing Nigerians.

On Monday, INEC said it will give effect to the ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja on the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said this during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Although he did not specifically state whether or not the electoral umpire would go ahead with its initial plan to stop the exercise, the INEC official said the commission would continue to obey the orders of the court.

Scenes From Lagos As Governorship Elections Commence

 

Two weeks after a keenly contested presidential election, the electorate in Lagos State have trooped out to vote for who they believe is their ideal candidate to govern the state.

See photos from across the state as residents cast their votes on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

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Two weeks after a keenly contested presidential election, the electorates in Kaduna trooped out to vote for who they believe is their ideal candidate to govern the state.

See highlights from across the state as residents cast their votes on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

YIAGA Decries Low Voter Turnout In Elections

The Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth, and Advancement (YIAGA) has condemned what it described as the low turnout of voters in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The election observer group said based on its estimates and projections, the 2019 elections held on February 23, 2019 experienced less turnout of voters than in 2015.

While the group’s preliminary report on the polls in Abuja, the board chairman of YIAGA, Dr. Hussaini Abdu, noted that Nigeria missed the opportunity to improve on the feat achieved in the 2015 elections.

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YIAGA attributed this development to what it said was significant incidents of vote buying, ballot box snatching, interference by party agents and late arrival of the Independent National Electoral Commission officials and election materials to polling units.

The group promised that it would verify the accuracy of the results when they are ultimately declared by INEC.

Abdu said, “Political party agents deployed to the polling units should remain through the voting and counting processes and should continue to conduct themselves in a professional manner.”

YIAGA commended Nigerians for their resilience and commitment to vote in the elections, urging them to remain peaceful and vigilant to ensure their votes count.

Election Day In Nigeria: Scenes From Across The Nation

 

After an intriguing period of political drama and campaigning, heralded by defections and war of words, Nigerians will today to decide who will lead the country for the next four years and elect lawmakers to fill the 469 national legislative seats up for grabs.

The photos below highlight the situation across the country as citizens exercise their franchise.

 

Lagos

Abia

Abuja

 

Adamawa

Anambra

Edo

Enugu

Imo

Kwara

Nasarawa

Buhari Votes In Katsina

 

PHOTOS: Voters Await Arrival Of Elections Material In Obasanjo’s Ward

Some voters wait for the arrical of election materials in ward 11, unit 22 in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

 

Eligible voters in Ogun State wait with the hope that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will deliver sensitive materials for the elections.

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In Ward 11, Unit 22 in Olusomi compound, where former President Olusegun Obasanjo is expected to cast his vote, some voters were seen waiting to be accredited as at 8:32 am.

Accreditation and voting commence at obasabjo’s polling booth however started at about 10:55 am.

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General Elections: Any Underage Person Trying To Get Accredited Will Be Arrested – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned underage voters to stay away from the general elections, warning that anyone less than 18 years who is caught being accredited will be arrested.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, stated this on Friday while briefing stakeholders in Abuja, the nation’s capital about the Commission’s preparedness for tomorrow’s exercise.

“Under-aged voting is illegality because there is a statutory age for eligibility for registration as a voter. But what you should do is that if on election day, you find anyone that is apparently under-aged, or conclusively so, kindly report this to any official of the Commission or the security agencies,” he stated.

According to the INEC boss, the Commission is working with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to effectively identify areas that might disrupt the voting process.

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According to Professor Yakubu, it is only Nigerians who have been registered for the elections that can exercise their franchise.

INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu briefs the media about preparations for the elections in Abuja on Friday, February 22, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

“Any underage person caught trying to be accredited or voting on the election day will be arrested. Voting is only open to Nigerian citizens who are above the statutory age of 18 (years).”

As for those planning to sponsor minors to vote, the INEC Chairman warned, “Let me use this opportunity to warn those who may want to sponsor underage persons to vote on election day that they will be arrested.”

Yakubu explained that no report of underage voters was made in the previous elections INEC conducted in about 195 constituencies in Kogi State in 2015 and that of Osun last year.

With the Presidential and National Assembly elections to take place in less than 12 hours, the electoral umpire is reiterating its commitment to conducting free, fair and credible polls.

General Elections: We’ve Removed Over 1,000 Illegal PVCs From Voter System, Says INEC

 

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, says the commission has expunged over 1000 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) discovered from illegal aliens in the country.

Yakubu stated this during an interview with on Channels Television where he spoke on the INEC’s preparedness to properly clean up the voter register ahead of the February 16 presidential election.

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“We have liaised with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS ) and they have done a fantastic job in confiscating cards where there are PVCs from aliens who registered. Remember the law says it is only Nigerians who are entitled to register and vote in our elections.

“I think now we have well over a thousand cards. The last batch submitted was well over 600 cards of aliens who registered and we have registered those from the register.”

The INEC boss explained that the commission has established a good relationship with the Immigration to identify foreigners who may want to disguise as citizens to vote during the elections.

Speaking on the voter register, Yakubu stated that he had sent the complete copy of the national register of voters.

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As campaigns intensify across the country ahead of February’s general elections, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo State, Mutiu Agboke, says sensitisation of voters has become necessary and is ongoing in the state.

According to him, this would help to ensure ballots are properly cast to avoid void votes.

Agboke said this on Thursday while addressing journalists at the end of a security meeting at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ibadan.

He also added that interactions are ongoing between INEC and security agencies to ensure a smooth, credible and violence-free election in February.

According to him, better strategies are being put in place to contain any breach of peace, especially in identified flashpoints.

The REC also called on residents of the state to do their best to ensure a rancour-free exercise.

He also warned that no one should be tempted to sell their PVCs for any reason.