There are sturdy indications that names of some lifeless individuals could also be retained on the present voter register of the Independent National Electoral Commission because the fee concludes plans for the conduct of the overall elections slated for February and March.
Investigations had earlier revealed that names of lifeless Nigerians together with three former governors who died years again have been nonetheless on the INEC register for the overall elections.
The former governors are Diepreye Alamieyeseigha (Bayelsa State), Isiaka Adeleke (Osun State) and Patrick Yakowa (Kaduna State). While Yakowa died in December 2012, Alamieyeseigha and Adeleke died in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Also on the voter record are the names of the late former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme and the late former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili.
It was gathered that the electoral fee would use the present register, which had been despatched to all political events, for the 2019 General Elections.
It can also be not sure if the names of the lifeless outstanding Nigerians which have been on the fee’s voter register late final 12 months had been eliminated as no official of the physique gave a particular response to enquiries on whether or not the names had been eliminated or not as of Friday.
In an unique interview, the National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye, stated the fee would go forward to make use of its present register for the 2019 elections.
He defined that the fee couldn’t unilaterally delete names of lifeless individuals on its register of voters as a result of it didn’t fall inside its mandate to take action.
According to him, the National Population Commission has been charged with the duty of registering births and deaths within the nation.
He stated, “The fee is not going to unilaterally take away any identify from the voter register with out concrete and verifiable info. The fee has printed the official register for the 2019 General Elections containing 84,004,084 registered voters. The official register of voters has been printed and handed over to the registered political events. The fee will proceed with the clean-up of the voter register after the 2019 elections.
“The elimination of the names of the deceased from the voter register is ongoing and can proceed instantly after the 2019 elections. We have a register that’s good for the conduct of the 2019 elections.’’
He stated the fee would proceed to associate with businesses and commissions liable for registering births and deaths in cleansing up the voter register.
“On its part, the commission will continue to run its Automatic Finger Identification System and maintain business rules on the register of voters for purposes of making the register a credible source of information and data for the Nigerian people,” he added.