Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner, states that the organization will thoroughly investigate any instances of irregularities in the continuing display of the voter register around the nation.
This was revealed by Mr. Okoye on Thursday in Abuja, adding that responsible authorities will face punishment.
INEC’s dedication to transparency is demonstrated by the posting of all registrants.
He noted that on November 12, the commission issued a preliminary national voter registration list in its 7,744 local government area offices nationally and 8,809 registration areas (wards).
For the first time in the nation’s electoral history, he added, the entire register had also been made available on the commission’s website. This was done to allow Nigerians to examine the preliminary register and report any spelling mistakes, personal information inaccuracies, or missing names so that the errors could be fixed.
The INEC commissioner said, “In addition, individuals can protest to the appearance of ineligible persons, such as those under the age of 18, dead people, foreigners, or those making false claims, so that they can be removed from the register in accordance with the commission’s set guidelines. First, from November 12 to November 18, which ends tomorrow, at the registration area level, and then from November 19 to November 25, at the local government level.”
Indicating that INEC has been gathering the claims and objections, he stated that the display will be followed by a hearing of citizen claims and objections for disposal action.
“All claims and objections raised will be addressed at the conclusion of the exercise. Citizens are improving our voting system in this way, according to Mr. Okoye. “The commission’s dedication to transparency is demonstrated by the complete disclosure of all registrants. The goals of the display for claims and objections are being achieved because these potentially ineligible registrants are being found.”
Mr. Okoye advised the populace to adhere to the rules and submit these objections so that the commission might take the appropriate measures.