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'Lagos 6.1 million registered voters an error'

10 November 2014, 16:25

Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday admitted that it made an error in the earlier figure of 6.1 million registered voters announced for Lagos State in 2011.

INEC said the figure was reduced to 4.6 million after the data was subjected to the Automated Fingerprints Identification System (AFIS), as well as discovery of data losses.

This was contained in a statement by the chief press secretary to the chairman of the commission, Kayode Idowu, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja.

Also read: Fashola raises alarm over delisting of 1.4m Lagos voters

The commission, however, specifically denied allegations that it had removed the records of 1.4 million persons from the voters’ register compiled in 2011 in Lagos State.

The commission also added that it deferred the distribution of permanent voter cards (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.

This came just as criticisms continue to trail the third phase of the distribution of PVCs and continuous voters registration.

The commission denied allegations of delisting voters and foul play, admitting, however, that the process faced “temporary challenges.”

The states scheduled in the phase three are Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, Imo, Lagos, Ogun, Edo and Rivers.

-  NAN

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