The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC) has deleted names from the voters’ register it said will be published on Tuesday across the 120,000 polling units in Nigeria.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this while receiving the ECOWAS Pre-election fact-finding team in Abuja on Monday, urging Nigerians to assist the commission in purging the register of ineligible voters such as illegal aliens and underage voters.
Prof Yakubu, who boasted that the 2019 general elections are the best-planned elections, said between November 6 and November 12, “we shall display the register of voters nationwide for claims and objections.”
“For the registered voters, we have been cleaning up on our own with the help of the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System. As of last week before I travelled I was told that over 300,000 names were dropped after the fingerprint system was used.
“But cleaning up the register is not just the responsibility of the commission but the responsibility of every Nigerian and that is why the law says we should display the register for claims and objections which will be done between November 6 and 12 in the 120,000 polling units nationwide.
“And I will like to seize this opportunity to appeal to citizens to check when we display the register so that they can draw the attention of the commission to the prevalence of any ineligible persons so that we can further clean up the register,” the INEC boss added.
He assured that INEC would not alter its election timetable.