The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the personal particulars of those contesting in governorship and state assembly elections will be published on November 9, 2018, one week after the close of submission of nominations by political parties.
Similarly, it also said the register of voters for each polling unit will be displayed at the polling units nationwide for one week, beginning from November 6 to 12, 2018.
According to INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu who briefed journalists yesterday in Abuja, the measure is to enable people make claims and objections in accordance with the provision of Section 20 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
He said although the Commission has dutifully cleaned up the register using the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System, (AFIS), it is the right of citizens under the law to examine the register and exercise their civic duty by drawing the attention of the Commission to the prevalence of any ineligible persons so as to enable it further clean it up.
Yakubu said the Commission will also appreciate the assistance of citizens in identifying deceased persons on the register so that such names can be nulled from its record adding that it is also an opportunity to correct misspellings of personal details such as names, age and gender.
“I wish to once again place on record that the voter register is robust. It is also the largest data base of citizens in Nigeria containing names, photographs and biometric details. It is a national asset that should be protected and perfected.”
Ownership of the register by citizens and their involvement in cleaning it up, Yakubu noted, was crucial to the electoral process urging citizens to help the Commission during the display adding that full details of procedure for collecting citizens observations will be released shortly.
“I wish to appeal to the general public to seize this opportunity to view the personal details of the candidates that seek to represent them. The Forms, as completed on oath by the candidates and submitted to the Commission by their political parties, are photocopied and pasted in our State and Local Government offices nationwide.
“This is an opportunity for citizens to ascertain the personal details of the candidates to enable them take informed decisions on election day or even initiate legal action against candidates who they believe have made false claims on their Forms,” he said.
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