The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that 2.7 million double registrations were deleted from the Voters Register and the new Permanent Voter Cards will be made available by November.
INEC Deletes Voters’ Names Over Double Registration
The Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this at a National Endowment for Democracy event in Washington DC in the United States.
According to him, 2.7 million double registrations were weeded out of the last Continuous Voters Registration exercise conducted by the commission and about 50% of the new PVCs are ready but yet to be distributed to collection centres.
Yakubu, who disclosed that the INEC will make available the new set of PVCs by November this year, raised concerns about the rising levels of insecurity across the country, saying the Commission has its fingers crossed.
“It is a perennial issue because, at the end of the day, it is not new but the dimension of the insecurity is new in the sense that in the past, it was localised or confined to a particular part of the country, the North-East but now, it is more widespread.
“We are keeping our eyes, particularly, on the North-West and the South-Eastern part of the country. Elections are conducted by human beings.
“We worry about the security of our officials, materials, and even the voters themselves. Without them, elections cannot be conducted,” he said.
The INEC Chairman said they have spoken to the security agencies and have been assured that the situation will improve before the elections.
KanyiDaily recalls that INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu had recently revealed why politicians can no longer manipulate election results in Nigeria.