In a cleaning-up exercise ahead of 2023 general elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has delisted 1.1 million newly registered voters.
Mr. Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, disclosed this in a statement explaining that the cleaning up of the voter register using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) has been ongoing since the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on July 31, 2022.
Okoye said Nigerians were aware that the Automated Biometric Identification System for the period from January 15 to July 31, 2022, is nearly complete, adding that “several double, multiple, and ineligible registrants have also been detected and invalidated.”
The statement reads in parts: “All valid registrants’ Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) will be available for collection by the end of October/early November, as promised.
“Once the process is completed, INEC will display the voter register, and valid registrants will be added to the existing national register of voters before the same is published nationwide for scrutiny, claims, and objections by citizens as required by section 19 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022”.