Why Names of Dead Nigerians Are Still on our Voter Register, INEC Chairman Reveals
- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that it is yet to update its voter register
- Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC's chairman, on Friday, September 24, noted that this is because it has no current data from the National Population Commission
- As a result of this, Mahmood explained that the names of some dead Nigerians still reflect in the register
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The inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to get the latest data on death in Nigeria has hindered it from removing names of dead citizens from the voter register.
This explanation was given by the INEC president, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, during his interaction with the Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC) Nasir Kwarra, in Abuja on Friday, September 24, Punch reports.
Yakubu, therefore, urged the NPC to ensure the availability of the data on dead persons to INEC so that the register can be up to date.
Making the request to Kwarra, the INEC boss said:
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“Perhaps you may wish to start by availing us with the list of prominent Nigerians who have passed on, civil and public servants compiled from the official records of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies and other Nigerians from hospital and funeral records across the country.
“We appreciate that this is a herculean task but that is partly why we have the National Population Commission. We are confident that the NPC has the capacity to do so. This information is critical for INEC to enhance the credibility of the National Register of Voters”.
2023: Simple steps to register for voters card online as INEC launches portal, reveals commencement date
Meanwhile, ahead of the 2023 general elections, INEC had launched an online portal for Nigerians to register as voters.
A brief statement on the electoral body's official Facebook page indicates that the portal, http://www.cvr.inecnigeria.org/, would go live on Monday, June 28, when the online registration is scheduled to commence.
Yakubu told journalists in Abuja on Thursday, June 24, that the portal was launched for prospective registrants to commence the process online and book an appointment to visit INEC office to conclude it.