By Ikenna Omeje
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says it would display the National Register of voters at all the Polling Units for claims and objections.
In a tweet on Sunday @INECNigeria, the commission stated that the display will start from 6th-12th November, 2018 in line with Section 19 and 20 of the Electoral Acts 2010(as amended).
The two sections state thus: “19. (1) Subject to the provisions of section 16( 1) of this Act, the
Commission shall, by notice, appoint a period of not less than 5 days and not exceeding 14 days, during which a copy of the voters’ register for each Local Government, Area Councillor ward shall be displayed for public scrutiny and during which period any objection or complaint in relation to the names omitted or included in the voters’ register or in relation to any necessary correction, shall be raised or filed.
“(2) During the period of the display of the Voters’ list under this Act, any person may-
(a) raise an objection on the form prescribed by the Commission against the inclusion in the supplementary Voters’ register of the name of a person on grounds that the person is not qualified to be registered as a voter in the State, Local Government or Area Council, Ward or Registration Area or that the name of a deceased person is included in the register; or
(b) make a claim on the form prescribed by the Commission that the name of a person registered to vote has been omitted.
“(3) Any objection or claim under subsection (2) of this section shall be addressed to the Resident Electoral Commissioner through the Electoral Officer in charge of the Local Government or Area.” Council.
“20. The supplementary voters’ list shall be integrated with the voters’ register and published not later than 30 days before a general election.”
Earlier , Femi Akinbiyi, the INEC’s Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, had informed Lagosians on Friday, regarding the display.
According to him, the names of the registered voters will be displayed in all the 8,465 Polling Units in the state between November 6 and November 12 and will hold between 9:00am and 3:30 pm within the appointed days.
Akinbiyi said: “The aim of the display is to allow all registered voters check for the correctness of their details and other information supplied to INEC during registration.
“Registered voters who have complaints on supplied information are to lodge their complaints with INEC staff at the Registration Area Centres located within their area for appropriate attention.
“The Commission will also use the occasion to distribute Permanent Voters Cards to those that registered in 2011, 2014 and those that registered during the last Continuous Voter Registration exercise between April, 2017 and March, 2018.”
He said that the PVC collection during this period would be at the Registration Area Centres (i.e Ward level).
“We therefore enjoin all Lagosians that have registered between the above mentioned periods to make use of the opportunity to collect their card,” he admonished.