Group urges INEC to publish names of registered voters before general elections

The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, yesterday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the nation’s electoral body to make public the total number of registered voters across Nigeria before the polls.


This was contained in a statement by its Chairman, Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi, and its Head of Civil Liberties and Rule of Law Programme, Obianuju Igboeli. The body said it would like to know how INEC arrived at the 1.5 million figures of double registrations, which it deleted from the voters’ register.

According to the statement, “Nigerians want to know whether those 1, 543, 961 deleted registered voters are ‘double registrants’ for real or victims of ‘INEC data loss’ or ethno-religious demographic data manipulation.

“This figure as of February 5 hit over seven million PVCs with Borno State, which still has 20 out of its 27 LGAs in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, hitting over one million PVCs.

“INEC must dutifully, speedily and aggressively distribute the remaining 23,003, 668 PVCs particularly in the South and take delivery of the remaining PVCs numbering about 2.8m.

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“INEC must ensure that as many as 95 per cent of Nigeria’s registered voters receive their PVCs before the adjusted polls’ dates even if it means taking them to their homes or polling units and subjecting same to delivery on identification.