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INEC Reacts To Alleged 7 Million Uncompleted Registration

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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday reacted to claims that the Commission denied over seven million Nigerians the opportunity to complete their online pre-registration during the Continuous Voter Registration.

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Sources reports that INEC recently disclosed that out of 10,487,972 Nigerians who carried out their pre-registration online, only 3,444,378 completed the process at a physical centre representing just 32.8 per cent of the completed online registration.

The source also further revealed that 24 Nigerians dragged the Commission before an Abuja Federal High Court for “failing to give them and other seven million Nigerians adequate time and opportunity to complete their voter registration after they have carried out their registration online.”

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But the National Commissioner in charge of voters education, Festus Okoye, in a statement on Monday, said Nigerians were given enough time to complete their registrations noting that the deployment of technologies was to ease the registration process.

INEC also stated that the Commission provided weekly statistical updates on the exercise for transparency sake.

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The statement read, “The attention of INEC has been drawn to media reports that some seven million Nigerians who applied for online pre-registration as voters during the last nationwide Continuous Voter Registration were denied the opportunity to complete their registration and consequently the collection of their Permanent Voters Cards.This claim is misleading.

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“To set the record straight, Nigerians may recall that on 28th June 2021, the Commission introduced the online pre-registration of voters. By doing so, citizens were given the opportunity to commence the registration online and then book an appointment at their convenience to complete the physical Biometric Capture at designated centres. It was a novel idea leveraging technology to ease the registration process. This was in addition to the walk-in option at physical centres, where Nigerians can commence and complete their registration simultaneously without going through the online pre-registration procedure.

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