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INEC to probe confirmed infractions of voter register

INEC to probe confirmed infractions of voter register

By Abdullahi Ahmad Bamalli

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will thoroughly investigate cases of infractions in the ongoing display of register of voters across the country.

INEC gave the assurance in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, on Thursday in Abuja.

Okoye also said that culpable officials would be disciplined.

“The display of all registrants shows INEC’s commitment to transparency.

He recalled that on Nov. 12, the commission published a preliminary national register of voters in its 8,809 Registration Areas (Wards) and 774 Local Government Area offices nationwide.

He said that similarly, the entire register had been published on the Commission’s website for the first time in the nation’s electoral history.

He said that the purpose of the display is to enable Nigerians to scrutinize the preliminary register and make claims about misspellings of names, personal details, or missing names on the register so that the errors could be corrected.

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Okoye said that as earlier announced, the commission will display physical copies of the register for claims and objections at two levels.

He said that the display would be followed by hearing of claims and objections by citizens for disposal action.

He said that so far, INEC has been harvesting the online claims and objections adding that the same would be done for the manual process.

Okoye urged the members of the public to follow the procedures and report these objections for the necessary action of the Commission.

Okoye thanked Nigerians for their sustained cooperation for the growth of Nigeria’s democracy.

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