Barring last minute hitches, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may eliminate about 6-7million eligible voters out of 73.5million from the nation’s Register of Voters. The affected voters had engaged in multiple registrations in order to corrupt the electoral process. The commission also said the first phase of the production of 40million Permanent Voters Cards is almost completed.
INEC’sDirector of ICT, Chidi Nwafor spoke at an interactive session between the Chairman of the commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, media professionals and Civil Society Organisations in Abuja. He said the exercise had so far revealed between 6% and 20 per cent of duplicates in each state. Nwafor explained that about 100,458 multiple registrants out of 1,718,165 registered voters had been uncovered in Anambra State. He said the 100, 458 multiple registrations in Anambra State represented 5.6% of the registered voters.
He said: “In 2011, tentative figures were declared based on feedback from the field and the commission declared a total of 73.5million registrants nationwide. “After the successful conduct of the 2011 elections, the register of voters has been undergoing several processes to improve its quality to ensure a flawless Register of Voters which is the basis for freer, fairer and more credible elections in 2015.” He said the deployment of Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) has led to the elimination of multiple registrations.