by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The preliminary register of voters in Nigeria stands at 93,522,272, while 9,518,188 are new voters that have been added to the existing registered voters of 84,004,084 in Nigeria.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this at a quarterly consultative meeting with journalists in Abuja on Thursday.
According to him, it is preliminary because, Section 19 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Act 2022 requires the Commission to display the hard copies of the register of voters for each Registration Area (Ward) and Local Government Area and, simultaneously, publish the entire register on the Commission’s website for the period of two weeks for scrutiny, claims and objections by citizens not later than 90 days to a General Election.
The INEC chairman reassured Nigerians of the Commission’s “commitment to credible elections” supported by technology, noting that, voters will be accredited by means of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
He disclosed that, there will be no incident form and results that will be transmitted to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) in a real time on Election Day.
Prof. Yakubu assured their commitment by ensuring that “The 2023 General Election is transparent and credible, reflecting the will of the Nigerian people.”
He was also optimistic that, in the next few days, his Commission will print 9,352,228 pages of the register, which will be displayed for each of 8,809 Registration Areas (Wards) in the 774 Local Government Areas nationwide.
He also assured that the Commission is equally working hard to ensure the completion of printing of remaining PVCs for new voters as well as those that applied to transfer for the replacement of their lost or damaged cards.
The (INEC) chairman called on the media to continue work with the Commission to counter disinformation and misinformation, as the 2023 General Election approaches.
“We shall continue to work together to counter disinformation and misinformation; and we will remain transparent and provide the required information to combat the triple menace as an antidote to fake news.
He reiterated that, there will be need for frequent and intense engagements with the media ahead of the election, and hoped that, in spite of their competing activities, they will continue to honour their invitation.