The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday said it has detected several double, multiple and ineligible registrants in the concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.
The commission, however, noted that most of the detected double registrants have been invalidated.
National Commissioner and Chairman of, the Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, while giving an update on the exercise in a statement, disclosed that the cleaning up of the register of voters using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) is ongoing since the suspension of the CVR on July 31, 2022.
He recalled that the commission had earlier informed Nigerians that out of the 2, 523,458 fresh registrants that registered between June 28, 2021, and January 14, 2022, 1,126,359 records were found to be invalid and consequently delisted.
Consequently, he said Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all valid registrants would be available for collection by the end of October or early November as promised
“The ABIS for the period, January to July 31, 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.
“As soon as the process is concluded, the Commission will provide the public with full information as usual.
“Thereafter, valid registrants will be added to the existing national register of voters before publishing same nationwide for scrutiny, claims and objections by citizens as required by section 19 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022.
“We reassure Nigerians that a thorough process is being undertaken to clean up the registration data. Similarly, Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all valid registrants will be available for collection by the end of October/early November as promised”.