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INEC apologises for poll registration exercise glitch

10 November 2014, 07:59 Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied delisting duly registered persons from the Register of Voters for the 2015 general election.

The commission assured that properly registered voter get their permanent voter cards (PVCs) in time for the polls.

According to a statement signed by Kayode Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairperson, the reassurance was against the backdrop of temporary challenges experienced in the third phase of the distribution of PVCs in some states.

The commission has been making vigorous efforts to remediate the issue.

He said INEC had since last Friday been distributing PVCs to registered voters in nine states across the country under the third phase of the exercise.

Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) is scheduled for same states from Wednesday to next Monday.

Also Read: Voters in Plateau express concern as PVCs distribution ends

Similar exercises have already been conducted in 24 other states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the first and the second phases of the programme.

The commission deferred the distribution of PVCs in four other states it had earlier listed for this third phase because the cards for those states had not been fully delivered by printers, the official said.

Idowu said it was partly for the same reason that the commission rescheduled the distribution of PVCs in limited areas of Lagos and Nasarawa states.

The outstanding cards will, however, be certainly distributed in good time before the 2015 general election. They are presently being produced and have been scheduled for distribution under the fourth phase of the exercise,” the statement read.

Idowu added that it was "completely false" that INEC has removed the records of 1.4 million persons from the Register of Voters compiled in 2011 in Lagos State.

Also Read: INEC to extend issuance of PVC in Lagos

“It is true that at the end of the 2011 general registration exercise, the Commission announced a figure of 6,1 million registrants in the state. But when that data was subjected to the Automated Fingerprints Identification System (AFIS) software, 82 892 multiple registrations were eliminated."

" Also, there was the technical challenge of loss of data and incomplete data affecting about one million records – mostly in 1,792 polling units that were identified and made public before the present exercise.”

He said for avoidance of doubt, a pre-acknowledged data loss and incomplete data of some registrants was not a ‘conspiracy’ issue as has been alleged by some notable persons.

"It is a back-end technical challenge that is far from sealing the fate of affected persons, and for which INEC has already put in place measures to ensure redress."

He said the commission regretted the inconvenience caused members of the public by the initial hitches in the present exercise and pledges to attend to every eligible registrant within the scope of its outlined schedules.

"The commission also restates its determination to ensure that the 2015 general election meets up to global best standards, and solicits the cooperation of all Nigerians in this regard.”

- CAJ News

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