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INEC denies importation of Foreign names into voter register ahead of 2023

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INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu 

The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) says new registrants haven’t been included the nationwide register.

The fee was reacting to allegations by the Coalition of United Political Events (CUPP) that INEC included foreigners within the voters register.

“The names had been sourced from each inside and outdoors Nigeria together with some African nations reminiscent of Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Togo, Guinea, Gambia, and nations exterior Africa, together with Jamaica, Brazil and New Zealand,” the coalition reportedly stated.

“Important among the many discoveries within the register is the truth that majority of the overseas names had been all born in 1983, regardless of whether or not their images confirmed they had been outdated or younger.”

In a press release on Thursday by Festus Okoye, INEC commissioner for voter schooling, the electoral physique stated it recognises and respects the fitting of residents, both as people and teams, to demand accountability.

“Nevertheless, it’s all the time essential that warning is exercised in order that such interventions don’t unwittingly sow doubts within the public thoughts, thereby diminishing public confidence and belief within the electoral course of,” the assertion reads.

“Nigerians would recall that on thirty first July, 2022, the Fee suspended the Steady Voter Registration (CVR) to start supplemental actions that can culminate within the integration of recent registrants into the ultimate Register of Voters for the 2023 Basic Election.

“It is very important reiterate that no new registrant has but been added to the Register of Voters for the 2023 Basic Election or will probably be included till these supplemental actions have been accomplished according to the regulation.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we restate the primary elements of those actions. First, the Fee is conducting a complete Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) cleanup of the registration knowledge by scrutinising each report.

“Primarily based on the Electoral Act 2022, any report that doesn’t meet all the factors for inclusion as stipulated in Part 10, together with the looks in particular person by the registrant on the registration venue with proof of id, age and nationality and our enterprise guidelines necessities of satisfactory variety of fingerprints and clear footage, will probably be invalidated.

“Additional, according to Part 19(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, after the ABIS and cleanup, the Fee shall appoint a interval of seven days throughout which the register will probably be printed for scrutiny by the general public for objections and complaints.

“Lastly, it’s only after the cleanup and claims and objections have been accomplished that the ultimate register will probably be printed.”

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