INEC Sends Important Message to Nigerians Over Underage Persons on Voters’ Register
- INEC has pleaded with Nigerians to assist the commission in the processes to help clean up the voters’ register
- However the electoral umpire said it had addressed the problems that had created much of the underage voter challenge in the past
- Meanwhile, the commission has displayed the register in the 774 local governments of Nigeria and in the 8,809 registration areas across the federation
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has sent an urgent message to Nigerians ahead of the 2023 genera election.
The electoral umpire asked Nigerians to help the commission identify underage persons on the preliminary register of voters for the 2023 elections. Festus Okoye, INEC spokesperson, made the appeal.
This followed INEC's recent publication of preliminary register of voters for the 2023 elections, The Cable reports.
The list of voters was displayed across polling units in the country, and on the commission’s website.
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Okoye said the essence of the preliminary voters’ register is for Nigerians to make claims, raise objections, and identify biodata errors.
“The essence of putting out this is for Nigerians to help the commission further clean up the voters’ register.
“We want people to look at the register and assist the commission to check whether their names have been properly spelt; whether their personal particulars have been properly captured; whether some pictures are not upside down; whether there are still names of deceased persons on the register; whether there are obviously underage persons on the register, so that we can correct them.”
2023 election: Law enforcement agencies groomed on ethical conduct
Meanwhile, the Civil Society Legislative and Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in conjunction with the Women and Adolescent Empowerment and MacArthur Foundation, have facilitated a training program to groom law enforcement on ethical conduct in preparation for the 2023 general elections.
The training was recently staged in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, with participants from the police, civil defence, NDLEA, and many others.
Speaking at the training, the director of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, said the training targets sensitising law enforcement officers to exhibit integrity traits. Rafsanjani noted that law enforcement must be inclined with the ethical values that come with their job, as it will play a pivotal role in the conduct of the 2023 general election.