Critical Times News : Voter register not properly used during Kano election — INEC Chairman, Yakubu discloses

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Voter register not properly used during Kano election — INEC Chairman, Yakubu discloses

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday in Abuja said its voter register was not substantially used for the Feb. 10 Kano State local government election.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the Commission’s Investigation Committee report on the alleged participation of under aged persons in the election.

INEC on Feb. 21 set up an investigation committee chaired by a National Commissioner, Mr Abubakar Nahuche.

“Base on its terms and reference, there are four key points in the findings and recommendations of the committee, which may be summarised as follows:

“KANSIEC requested for and received from INEC the Kano state register of voters for the elections.

The register was produced for use for the elections. “However, the register was only sighted in a few polling units. In other words, the register was not used in most of the polling units.

“In fact, accreditation using the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) largely did not take place.

“Given that the register was substantially not used to accredit voter before voting.

“It is logical to conclude that if under aged voting occurred in the election, it was not due to any presence of under aged registrants on the register of voters.

“However, after examining some of the images in circulation, the committee found that they have been available long before the Kano Local Government elections.

“The few images and video clips from Kano show no accreditation of voters or any relationship with the register of voters’’.

Yakubu added that the committee also recommended that there was need and ample room for collaboration between INEC and all stakeholders to continue to update and improve the national register of voters.

This according to him, was important to eliminate all ineligible registrants from it, including dead persons, aliens and under aged registrants.

“It also recommended that INEC should work with the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) to ensure continuous improvements in the quality of all elections conducted in Nigeria.’’

“Let me reiterate that this commission is convinced that we now have a dependable register, even if it is not perfect.

“We believe that it is a huge national asset, easily the largest database of Nigerians in existence today containing over 70 million entries of names, addresses, photographs, ten fingerprints, telephone numbers etc’’.

“Only recently, on Feb. 28, we gave each of the 68 political parties a copy of the register containing names of the 3.9 million new voters registered in 2017.

“We urged them to use the register not only to reach out to voters, but also to check whether there are ineligible persons on the list and draw the attention of the commission to them.

“Unfortunately, since this commission was inaugurated in 2015, there has not been a single report from any political party of ineligible voters on the register.’’
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