The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), confirmed that the commission will display the Register of voters to be used for the 2023 General Election nationwide for claims and objection as soon as the ongoing Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) is completed.
Chairman of of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said this was necessary, to enable the Commission sort out all double/multiple as well as ineligible registrants.
Prof. Yakubu who disclosed this when clarifying an allegation that the Commission failed to display the Register of Voters as provided by law, during a Stakeholder Validation meeting for the Revised Framework and Regulations by IDPs, in Abuja, said “we wish to assure Nigerians that the Commission will display the comprehensive register in all the 8,809 Wards and 774 Local Government Areas/Area Councils nationwide as envisaged in Section 19(1) of the Electoral Act 2022”.
“it has become necessary to make an important clarification in respect of a statement attributed to a section of the Civil Society Organisations. At a media briefing yesterday, the Commission was accused of failure to display the Register of Voters as provided by Section 19(1) of the Electoral Act 2022. This claim is incorrect”the Chairman said.
Prof. Yakubu further explained that what the Commission displayed for claims and objections in our Local Government Area offices nationwide for a period of one week, from 15th – 21st August 2022, was not the entire register of voters but the list of fresh registrants at the end of the Fourth and last quarter of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise covering the period from 11th April – 31st July 2022.