INEC Conducts Voters Register Cleanup
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has stated that they are conducting a voters Register Cleanup. In the information shared, INEC said the Commission is conducting a comprehensive Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) cleanup of the registration data by scrutinizing every record.
The update stated that Based on the Electoral Act 2022, any record that does not meet all the critena for inclusion as stipulated in Section 10, including the appearance in person by the registrant at the registration venue with proof of identity, age and nationality and INEC business rules requirements of adequate number of fingerprints and clear pictures will be invalidated.
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Further, in line with Section 19(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, after the ABIS and clean up, the Commission shall appoint a period of seven days during which the register will be published for scrutiny by the public for objections and complaints.
Finally, it is only after the cleanup and claims and objections have been completed that the final register will be published, INEC said.
The Commission will continue to provide the public with updates on the progress of these processes, as they did through their Press Release of 12 September 2022. The ABIS for the period of registration between 15th January and 31st July is being concluded presently, and the outcome in terms of multiple and ineligible records will be made public.
For instance, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, where the Commission allegedly registered ineligible persons, 3.316 ineligible registrants have so far been invalidated and the process is still ongoing.
INEC appeal to the public to await the Commission’s display of the register for claims and objections to raise any concerns that they may have about the registration. INEC reiterate that its ABIS is robust and will detect practically all the ineligible records for removal.
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Nigerians should be reassured of the Commission’s commitment to the credibility of the electoral process in Nigeria. We appeal for your support while we painstakingly deal with the cleanup of the register and other processes that will guarantee that the general election in 2023 is free, fair, credible and inclusive, INEC concluded.