INEC removes 1 million Nigerian voters over double registrations

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has delisted no fewer than 1,126,359 fresh registrants as it discovered many double, multiple and ineligible registration in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) held between January 1 and July 31, 2022.

This was disclosed by INEC’s National Commissioner/ Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, on Monday, September 12, 2022, in Abuja.

According to him, the irregularities were discovered during the cleaning up of the voter register with the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS).

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Okoye said cleaning up of the register of voters using the ABIS is ongoing since the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on July 31, 2022.

Similarly, he said Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all valid registrants will be available for collection by the end of October/early November as promised.

The statement reads in part: “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 failed 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.

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“Thereafter, valid registrants will be added to the existing national register of voters before publishing same nationwide for scrutiny, claims, and objections as required by the Electoral Act 2022.

“Similarly, PVC’s for all valid registrants will be available for collection by the end of October and early November as promised,” it said.

Meanwhile, there has been an imminent fear about the credibility of the coming general elections in 2023 as the INEC reveals its result viewing (IReV) portal has experienced attacks from multiple hackers across the world.

The commission particularly said its system was attacked by hackers during the offshore elections in Ekiti and Osun which were held in June and July 2022 respectively.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said this while delivering a keynote address at a stakeholders’ conference on election result management on Friday, September 2022, in Abuja. 

Yakubu said the commission has recorded several attempts to hack the cyber security system of the result viewing portal.

“Another technical concern for us is the repeated attempts to break through our cyber security system for the portal.

“Our engineers reported several cyber attacks on the portal during the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections, some of them from as far as Asia. I am glad to note that all of them failed,” the INEC chairman said.

He promised that INEC would take adequate steps to correct some of the administrative lapses that occurred during the last two polls before the 2023 general elections.

“However, while we are confident in the security solutions that we have deployed for IReV and all our web presence, we must remain vigilant and continue to strengthen our defences. We have tasked our engineers to do everything possible to fully protect the IReV and all our web resources.

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