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Help us identify children, foreigners on voters’ register, INEC tells Lagosians

The electoral office opened its voters’ register for public observation across the commercial capital on Friday.

• September 24, 2021
Mahmood Yakub
Mahmood Yakub

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday urged Lagos electorate to assist the commission in identifying underaged persons, dead people and foreigners in its voters’ register.

The commission made the appeal following the display of voters’ register of newly captured applicants in the ongoing nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) which commenced on Friday.

The commission said the display was essentially for claims and objectives. The electoral office had on Monday announced the temporary suspension of the CVR online pre-registration, and physical biometric capturing exercises, to embark on the display of the voters’ register.

INEC had ended the first quarter of its CVR online pre-registration of voters, which started on June 28 and in-person biometric registration, which commenced on July 26 nationwide.

INEC’s Lagos spokesman Femi Akinbiyi said registered voters should visit INEC offices across the 20 local government areas (LGAs) of the state, from September 4-30 to check the register.

Mr Akinbiyi advised the new registrants to check if there were errors in their details for necessary corrections, before the printing of their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

Applicants are also expected to identify from the register any under-aged, dead, foreigners and other unqualified persons whose names appeared on it.

“The exercise is to give room for all registrants to check for appropriateness or otherwise of their information supplied during the registration,” Mr Akinbiyi said. ”The seven-day long activity that commenced today is also to raise objections (if any) about names that are not supposed to be on the register.”

A NAN correspondent, who monitored the exercise at an INEC office in Alimosho LGA, observed that registrants were trickling in to check their names.

Adetoye Alabi, a resident, commended the commission for the opportunity, saying it was necessary to ensure the correctness of the information supplied during the registration.


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