The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it will soon complete the ongoing cleaning up of voters’ registers using the Automated Biometric Identification System, ABIS, as preparations for the 2023 general elections ramp up.
Festus Okoye, Esq., National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, revealed this in a statement.
INEC stated that 1,126,359 (one million, one hundred and twenty-six thousand) of the 2,523,458 (two million, five hundred and twenty-three thousand, four hundred and fifty-eight) fresh registrants who registered between June 28, 2021 and January 14, 2022 were delisted because they were found to be invalid.
However, it stated that the ABIS for the period from January 15th to July 31st, 2022 was almost complete, noting that several ineligible registrants had been detected and invalidated.
“The ABIS for the period – 15th January to 31st July 2022 is almost completed. Several double, multiple and ineligible registrants have also been detected and invalidated. These include entries that fail to meet the Commission’s business rules. The Commission takes this responsibility seriously because a credible register is at the heart of electoral integrity,” it said.
The statement also reassured Nigerians that a thorough process was being carried out to clean up the registration data, and that Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all valid registrants would be available for collection by the end of November.
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