INEC deletes 300,000 names from vot­ers’ reg­is­ter

Dis­plays doc­u­ment at polling booths to­day

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - From Az­i­mazi Mo­moh Ji­moh, Abuja

THE In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) yes­ter­day dis­closed that it had deleted over 300,000 names from the voter reg­is­ter.

Re­ceiv­ing a del­e­ga­tion of elec­tion ad­min­is­tra­tors from the Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States (ECOWAS), INEC Chair­man, Prof. Mah­mood Yakubu, said, "as at to­day, over 300,000 names have been dropped af­ter the au­to­matic finger­prints iden- tifi­ca­tion sys­tem."

He charged Nige­ri­ans to seize the op­por­tu­nity of the reg­is­ter that is be­ing dis­played at polling booths from to­day through 12th this month.

"And I will like to use this op­por­tu­nity to ap­peal to the ci­ti­zens to check when we dis­play the reg­is­ter so that they can draw the at­ten­tion of the com­mis­sion to any is­sues con­tained therein," Yakubu pleaded. On the forth­com­ing polls, of the chief elec­toral um­pire stated: "We will con­duct elec­tions into 1,558 con­stituen­cies in 2019. There is one pres­i­den­tial, 109 sen­a­to­rial dis­tricts and 360 fed­eral con­stituen­cies, 29 gov­er­nor­ship, 991 state con­stituen­cies and 68 con­stituen­cies in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) for the area coun­cils, the chair­men and coun­cilors mak­ing a to­tal of 1558 con­stituen­cies."

Leader of del­e­ga­tion, Muhammed Ali Konte, said their mis­sion was to as­cer­tain INEC’S pre­pared­ness and over­all prepa­ra­tions for the ex­er­cises.

He noted: "It is a fact-find­ing del­e­ga­tion to gather in­for­ma­tion on the prepa­ra­tion for the elec­tions.

We will also meet with key stake­hold­ers like se­cu­rity agen­cies, civil so­ci­ety groups, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the me­dia."

Also yes­ter­day, the Na­tional Chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, (PDP), Prince Uche Se­con­dus, charged Nige­rian to go check their names at their polling booths from to­day.

He sub­mit­ted that the essence of the four-day dis­play of the reg­is­ter as stip­u­lated by the Elec­toral Act was to en­sure that no voter is dis­en­fran­chised. The PDP chair said the dou­ble-check­ing of de­tails was a mech­a­nism to check the ma­nip­u­la­tion of the en­tire sys­tem.

"By cross-check­ing and dou­ble-check­ing, the vot­ers wit­tingly would have be­gun the bat­tle to frus­trate rig­ging of the elec­tion," he added.

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