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General News of Thursday, 15 September 2022


2023: Nigerians berate INEC for alleged compromise of voters register

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Some Nigerians have again taken to Twitter to condemn an alleged breach and compromise of voters registration by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a Twitter trend #OccupyINEC, on Thursday, they alleged that the national register of voters had been compromised as questionable names and other information were noticed in it.

Consequently, they threatened to take over the commission’s offices nationwide on 27 September to express their grievances.

INEC had conducted the Continuous Voter Registration nationwide between 28 June 2021 and July 2022.

The electoral body, however, announced on Tuesday that out of the 2.5 million fresh registrants it recorded between 28 June, 2021 and 14 January, 2022, one million of them had been found to be invalid and it was considering delisting them from the register.

The Commission’s spokesperson, Festus Okoye said it detected several double, multiple, and ineligible registrants and that a thorough process was being undertaken to clean up the registration data.

Questionable informationIn the Twitter trend #OccupyINEC, one of the affected registrants said:

“@inecnigeria is an evil organisation and we need to call these people out. I never finished my pvc registration yet here is my name with an old man’s face. Who knows how many identities they’ve stolen! Please guys let’s get this out there

“@inecnigeria can you explain why on earth you are using my identity?! What sort of nonsense is this?! This is my name and my birthday with the picture of a man who I don’t know?! What is this?!” she said in her tweet.

A popular youth activist, Rinu Oduala, also asked the commission to explain this discrepancy in registration.

“Can @inecnigeria explain this discrepancy in registration?

“Who owns the picture on this young woman’s registration? #OccupyINEC,” she tweeted.

Another user, Judith Akatugba, lent her support for a planned protest across INEC offices in the country to get clarity on the allegations levelled against staffers of the INEC.

“We cannot be guiled! I’m in full support of #occupyINEC to demand for clarity regarding the allegations in the public, total sanitisation of the system, rigid transparency and above all, prosecution of the corrupt INEC officials within the next 30 days. Enough is enough.”

Daniel Tangale urged Nigerians to get camp beds, mats and blankets ready to storm the commission’s offices on the day of the protest.

In what she described as a stolen identity, one MJ (@PhraserPrime), using her personal account, asked INEC to explain how her name got ‘switched’ in the voters register.

On the voter register in circulation, the name and other bio-data information of the 20-year-old Ms MJ – Adesina-Paul, Monijesu Jesutofunmi, bear the passport photographs of an unknown old man.

Ms Monijesu (MJ) said she did not finish her registration before the closure of Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) and wondered how her name made it to the INEC registered voters list.

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