A major plank on which the integrity and credibility of the 2019 general election would be adjudged, kicks off today, with the display of voters register by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in all the wards and local government areas across the country. The exercise which is scheduled to last 7 days, starting November
A major plank on which the integrity and credibility of the 2019 general election would be adjudged, kicks off today, with the display of voters register by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in all the wards and local government areas across the country.
During this period, the register is expected to be cleaned up; by removing the names of dead persons while the names of those that have been omitted or have just attained 18 years would be added. It is also expected that those who are yet to collect their Permanent Voters Card can also do so.
The Chairman of INEC Professor Mahmood Yakubu,recently at a seminar organized by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja announced that the exercise would commence soon justifying the intention of the INEC to do a thorough job. According to the Chairman, this is in accordance with the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
Section 19 of the Electoral Act 2010 ( as amended) states: “Subject to the provisions of section (16)(1) of this Act, the Commission shall, by notice appoint a period of not less than 5 days and not exceeding 14 days, during which a copy of the voters register for each local government, Area Councillor ward shall be displayed for public scrutiny and during which period any objection or complaint in relation to the names omitted or included in the voters register in relation to any necessary correction shall be raised”
According to the INEC Chairman, there are 80,809 wards in the country and the register would be displayed in all. After this, all uncollected PVCs would be collected from the states and quarantined at the INEC headquarters in Abuja away from unscrupulous persons who may want to tamper with them for unwholesome activities.
Meanwhile, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the INEC to ensure that it displays the authentic voters register it intends to use in the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
In a statement, the Party’s Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus “one of the rigging strategies of the All Progressive Congress ( APC) and some compromised staff of INEC was to doctor voters register ahead of the 2019 election.”
The INEC Chairman has, however, restated his commitment towards conducting an open, transparent and credible election in accordance to the constitution and Electoral Acts.
Process leading to the election has since commenced with the Parties submitting the names of their candidates for all the national and state elections slated for February 2019 starting with the Presidential and National Assembly elections holding on Saturday February 16, 2019.