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2023: Due To Failure To Complete Voter Registration, 7 Million Nigerians Sue INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is being sued by twenty-four Nigerians for “failing to give them and other seven million Nigerians adequate time and opportunity to complete their voter registration after they have carried out their registration online.”

The plaintiffs are suing to “finish the registration process, so that they can get their permanent voter cards (PVCs), and exercise their right to vote.” They are suing on behalf of seven million other Nigerians in addition to themselves.

Only 3,444,378 Nigerians, out of 10,487,972 who pre-registered online, completed the procedure in a physical center, according to current information from INEC.

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Just 32.8 percent of completed online registrations are represented by this.

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The Plaintiffs, however, are asking for “an order of mandamus to direct and compel INEC to re-activate its continuous voters registration exercise so that the Plaintiffs may complete their registration and collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs)” in the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1662/2022, which was filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, last Friday.

The inability to complete our registration is fully attributable to causes beyond our control, they are also claiming.

Ayoola Opeyemi Ebenezer, Eche Onah Otakpa, Olatoye Clement Damilola, Adeeyo Bayo Wasiu, Kunat Tychius Amos, Emeghe Uchanma Grace, Ogunejiofor Raphael Emeka, and Tagbo Philips Chidubem are among the twenty-four Nigerians.

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Others are Lawerence Ignatius, Agbede Kunle, Adedotun Adegoke Babatunde, Emmanuel Ternajev, Emmanuel Promise Tochukwu, Nkemdilim Agbor Bassey, Joy Oluwadamilola Ige, and Eze Daniel Ndubisi.

Others are: Omoike Iredia Oseine; Ndubuisi Anthony Ahanihu; Akande Akintunde O; Adamma Rhodes, Joshua Patrick Ogenekaro; Wisdom Emeka; Ukpe Victor Destiny and Abayomi Opeoluwa.

The suit was filed on behalf of the Plaintiffs by lawyers to Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare and Adelanke Aremo, partly read: “Closing the gates on eligible Nigerians cannot preserve trust in the electoral process.”

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