2023: INEC begins removal of deceased, others from voters’ registers

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Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced cleaning of voters’ registers with the removal of deceased persons and people with multiple registrations ahead of preparation for 2023 general elections.

The Commission has equally said that the second phase of the Continuous Voters Registration exercise would kick off on October 4 and be rounded off in December asking all eligible Nigerians to make good use of this opportunity and register so that they could

The new Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ogun State, Mr  Olusegun Agbaje made this disclosure on Thursday while speaking with journalists.

Mr Olusegun Agbaje has therefore urged the general public to assist the Commission to identify deceased person(s) and multiple registrants so that they can be removed from the register during the display of the register of new voters.

The Commissioner lamented that the level of participation of eligible citizens of the state in the first quarter of the CVR exercise both online and physical was very low compared to other States in the country particularly across the South West zones.

“States like Ekiti, Ondo, Osun States that have less population of Nigerians compared to Ogun State performed far better.”

Agbaje explained that, as at the end of the first quarter of the online registration on 21st September, 2021, only 46,937 registered online with 12,231 completing their registration compared to Ondo, Ekiti, and Osun states.

He, therefore, called all eligible citizens in Ogun State to seize the opportunity provided by the continuous voters registration (CVR) to register as voters in order to be empowered to exercise their franchise in the 2023 general election and other future election.

He equally called on all other relevant stakeholders including the traditional rulers, religious bodies, political leaders, NGOs, women groups, and market leaders as well as the media to step up their ongoing efforts geared towards sensitizing the people on the significance of the CVR exercise.

Agbaje added that the second quarter of the CVR would commence between 4th October 2021, and December 20, 2021.

He said those that are eligible to participate in the CVR are registered voters who have had any problem during accreditation for any past elections, with either their PVCs or their fingerprints not being read by the Smart Card Reader (SCR).

He warned that anyone who violates any relevant section of the law during exercise particularly by engaging in multiple registration would be identified and prosecuted accordingly.