INEC, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, rejects 1.12m new voters who registratered between June and December 2021, citing irregularities.
If you registered to vote between this period, urgently need to check out the status of your registration.
Commission Chairman, Mahmood Yahaya, said that as of 14 January, the Agency recorded 2,523,458 new registrations but invalidated 1,126,359.
The rejected applications averaged 45 percent of voters registered nationwide within the period, he said.
In some states, the rejections were as high as 60 percent, he said. He however failed to provide a breakdown of the registrations, state by state.
Why INEC Struck
INEC voided the new registrations either because of multiple registration or for incomplete data provided by registrants,.
“It seems that many registrants, either out of ignorance that they do not need to re-register if they had done so before, or a belief that our systems will not detect this infraction, have gone out to register again.
“This is despite repeated warnings by the commission against this illegal action,” the INEC chairman said.
“In addition, there are also registrants whose data were incomplete and did not meet our business rules for inclusion in the register.
“Presently, nearly 45% of completed registrations nationwide are invalid, rising to as high as 60% or more in some states.
“This infraction happened in all states of the federation. No state is immune from it.
INEC will purge the invalid registrations from the register of voters, the Chairman said.
“This development is worrisome because of the time and resources expended in handling these cases,” Mahmood said.
The Commission hitherto announced that registrants should collect their unclaimed PVCs, including those who registered between June and December 2021.
Days to go for What?
INEC ends the fourth quarter registration on 30 June 2022. Therefore you have the listed number of days above to register and obtain a permanent voter card (PVC) before the current registration window closes.
Anyone that doesn’t obtain a PVC by this deadline may not vote in the 2023 general elections. Don’t have a PVC? Start the registration process today by filling a form in the INEC online registration portal. Are you on Facebook? Join us today to get the tools and information you need to spread this message. Don’t sit on the fence. Let’s play our parts to vote for the right candidates with capacity to make our country better.
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INEC rejects 1.12m new voters