The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that 93 million people are currently registered to vote in Nigeria.
At the third quarterly meeting with political parties on Wednesday, Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, mentioned this.
After the suspension of continuous voter registration (CVR) on July 31, it was revealed that 12,298,944 people have finished their registration.
Yakubu, however, stated that a total of 2,780,756 (22.6 percent) were detected as ineligible registrants and invalidated from the record after the voter data was cleaned up using the automated biometric identification system (ABIS).
He noted that Nigeria’s “preliminary” voter registration list currently stands at 93,522,272 after the final 9,518,188 new voters were added to the 84,004,084 voter register.
“It is preliminary because section 19(1) and (2) of the electoral act 2022 requires the commission to display the hard copies of the register of voters for each registration area (ward) and local government area for a period of two weeks for scrutiny, claims, and objections by citizens not later than 90 days to a general election (and simultaneously publish the entire register on the commission’s website),” he said.
As a result, the commission will print 9,352,228 pages of the register over the following three days.
The 8,809 registration areas (wards) and 774 local government areas around the country will each have a hard copy on display, and the whole register will be made available for claims and objections on our website as required by law.
“The actual register will be displayed at the appointed locations from Saturday, November 12 to Friday, November 25, 2022. The commission will provide further information next week, including the process for submitting claims and objections.
I would like to make a call to action to all Nigerians to take advantage of the display to examine the list carefully and assist us in further cleaning it up so that the official voter list for the general election of 2023 may be created and released.
The head of INEC stated that the commission is making every effort to finish printing the remaining permanent voter cards (PVCs).
“In the coming days, we will also let Nigerians know the specifics of our strategy for coordinating the collection of the PVCs. We are aware that Nigerians anticipate a change in the PVC collection process.
We have been trying to make sure that citizens have a positive experience when they come to pick up their cards ever since the CVR came to an end in July of this year, he said.