From Atiku Sarki, Abuja
The chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahood Yakubu has said that his commission has invalidated the registration of over one million voters in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration exercise across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
According to him, the registration was invalidated after the applications flouted the guidelines stipulated for the exercise.
The chairman of INEC made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday on the ongoing Voter Registration exercise nationwide.
He said the purpose of the press briefing was to brief the nation on the outcome of the first and second quarters of the CVR exercise.
Prof. Yakubu, said that during the period from June 28 to December 20, 2021, millions of Nigerians commenced their registration online and thereafter scheduled appointments to complete the process physically.
For the pre-registration option, he said, 1, 014, 382 registrants completed the process, while 1, 509, 076 Nigerians registered in person at our designated registration centres nationwide.
Furthermore, 671, 106 Nigerians submitted requests to update their records, transfer their registration from where they are currently registered to other locations or the replacement of their lost or damage PVCs.
He said that his commission has a duty to clean up the data to ensure that only eligible Nigerians are registered.
The chairman also noted that the Osun and Ekiti States where elections for governorship would soon hold, a total of 106, 270 applications were invalidated.
He said that for Ekiti, the number consists of 17, 640, while the number for Osun is 88, 630. While using the opportunity to request the political parties, the media, civil society organisation and the general public to assist the commission in educating Nigerians about the problem of invalid registration, he also said that these invalid registrations would not be included in the register of voters