INEC delists 1.1m newly registered voters over double registration
Just five months to the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday disclosed that it has delisted 1,126,359 out of the 2,523,458 fresh registrants that registered between June 28, 2021, and January 14, 2022.
The electoral umpire who made this disclosure in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye said that it also detected several double, multiple, and ineligible registrants and has consequently invalidated them, adding that these include entries that fail to meet the commission’s business rules.
The INEC Commissioner also said that Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all valid registrants will be available for collection by the end of October/early November as promised.
According to him, 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.
The statement partly reads, “The ABIS for the period – 15th January to 31st July 2022 is almost completed. 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.
“As soon as the process is concluded, the commission will provide the public with full information as usual.”
Speaking further, he added that valid registrants will be included in 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.