INEC removes 229 names of aliens from voters' register

Nigeria's Voter Cards

Nigeria's Voter Cards

"Take it from the commissioner that nothing but votes will count and as you can see in some of the recent elections we've conducted, nothing but votes actually determined the outcomes of the elections, so votes will continue to count, INEC is not for or against anybody" he said.

In his response, the Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede said the Service was ready to continue to partner with INEC in the discharge of its duties.

"I am happy to report that the commission has been able to remove from the voter register the names of 299 aliens who registered on the false pretence that they were Nigerians". "Those below the statutory age of 18 years, aliens, persons registered in absentia, those barred by statute or regulations from registering as voters and those who do not ordinarily reside, work or originate from the areas covered by particular registration exercise are ineligible to register as voters under the law".

He further disclosed that INEC and Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) agreed to deploy their personnel to registration centres nationwide to ensure that only Nigerians would vote in the elections.

He promised that the commission would continue to work in partnership with all security agencies to purge the voter register of all ineligible voters.

Mr. Yakubu assured that INEC would make public, copies of the rules of engagement for security agencies as part of voter education and sensitisation. Mahmood Yakubu, released the timetable for elections from 2019 to 2055 during a meeting with the chairmen of political parties in Abuja on Wednesday.

He added that a total of 9,400 cards have been replaced with the distribution of old PVC uncollected before 2015 general election said to have attained 90 percent of collection. He advised the parties to ensure rancour-free conventions and congresses ahead of 2019 and the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections later in the year.

"The governor of Kogi was involved in double voter registration and weeks after INEC confirmed that by sacking three of its staff".

Yakubu, who admitted that there were some lapses in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration, pleaded for the understanding of all, saying "we have been responding within the limits of available resources".

"We wish to reassure all eligible registrants that no one will be left out".

Also, for those who registered in 2017 and are yet to collect their permanent voter cards, Yakubu said it would be ready for collection by the first week of May, 2018, while those who registered in 2018 will have their voter cards before the general elections.

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