Written by on November 14, 2022

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called on Nigerians to help in cleaning up the voters’ register.

INEC’s National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education Festus Okoye made the plea on Monday following reports that there were some under-aged persons included in the voters’ register ahead of the 2023 general election.

Okoye, while speaking in an interview in one of the media outfits in Nigeria said:

We cannot claim in all honesty that the register does not have errors. If the lawmakers believe that a register should not have errors or challenges, they would not have provided in Section 19 Subsection 3 that 1-3 that such a register should be displayed for people to make claims, objections, and also lay complaints

We agree that the register is not perfect and that is why we have these displayed for claims and objections. The lawmakers believe that the Commission can clean up the voters’ register to an extent and we used our automated biometric identification system to remove multiple and double registrants and then we also did what we call manual adjudication to remove obviously underaged persons.

Obviously, there are under-age persons on the voters’ register and we expect Nigerians to take a look at it – both the ones we displayed at the various registration centres and local government and also the one on the website – and assist the Commission to point out these things so that the Commission can further clean up the register.

So, all these things people are pointing out is the essence of the display and we want to encourage Nigerians to take a critical look at the register, point out some of these persons who are not eligible to be on it and we would definitely do the needful.

The INEC national Commissioner admitted that the cleanup of the register will be a continuous process, claiming that some of the Commission’s staff are complicit in some of the irregularities on the register.

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