The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has uncovered over 62,600 registrants who were involved in either double registration or multiple registrations in Anambra State.
Voters in the state will be going to the poll on Saturday November 6, 2021 to decide the successor of the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said the alleged infractions were committed during the first phase of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
He revealed this on Friday in Abuja at the commission’s emergency meeting with leaders of political parties in Abuja, the nation’s Capital.
The clean-up of the data through the deployment of technology, helped the commission to remove the names of ineligible registrants before the printing of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) have been carried out, according to him.
According to him, “In Anambra State, a total of 138,802 citizens completed the registration, including applications for transfer and request for replacement of lost, damaged or defaced PVCs as required by law.
“However, in the process of cleaning up the registration data, we discovered that many previously registered persons re-registered afresh.
“As a testimony to the effectiveness of our new system for checking double and multiple registrations, the commission found out that some 62,698 persons who were already registered voters in Anambra State went ahead to register again.
“These double or multiple registrations are invalid by law. We have archived these registrations and will not print new PVCs for them.
“Their old PVCs remain valid and they can use them to vote at the polling units where they registered and probably voted in previous elections.
“The same clean-up exercise is going on nationwide. As soon as it is over, the commission will provide further details to Nigerians on the situation, in other states of the federation and action to be taken on the matter.
“Let me remind all Nigerians that the law prohibits double registration,” he stated.
INEC had almost completed the recruitment of ad-hoc staff required for the exercise, adding that in all, about 26,000 election duty staff were required.
Speaking further, Yakubu explained that INEC would complete the recruitment on time for their training, scheduled to commence on October 19.
The training of Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) will commence soon,” according to him have concluded “the training of other categories of staff, such as Electoral Officers (Eos) and Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs).
TheNewspad reports that Anambra recently slide into chaos as a result of attacks and killings by bandits.
Despite the suffused atmosphere, INEC has vowed to go ahead with the elections to avert Constitutional crisis if the security can assure the safety of Nigerians and its Staff during the exercise.