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121 days to go: Where is voters’ register?

Dayo Benson, Political Editor
Section  11 of Electoral Act 2006, makes the following provisions on Voters’ Register:

(1) Without prejudice to Section 10(5), there shall be continuous registration of all persons qualified to be registered voters.

(2) Each applicant for registration under the continuous registration system shall appear in person at the registration venue with any of the following documents, namely: birth or baptismal certificate, National passport or identity card or driver’s license or any other document that will prove the identity, age and nationality of the applicant.

(3) The Commission shall within sixty days after each year make available to every political party, the names and address of each person registered during that year.

(4) When a general election is notified by the Commission pursuant to Section 31 of this Act, the current official register of voters certified by the Commission in accordance with the provision of this Act shall be the official voters’ register for those elections and in the case of every by-election conducted under this Act, the official voters’ register for use at such elections shall be the existing current register relating to the Senatorial district or the constituency concerned.

(5) As soon as claims and objections have been dealt with or the period for making claims  and  objections  has  expired,  the supplementary list shall be included in the revised register, which shall be certified by the Commission as the official register of  voters for the purposes of any election conducted under this Act and supercedes all previous registers

Section 10(5) says, the registration of voters, updating and revision of the Register of voters under this Section shall stop not later than 120 days before any election covered by this Act.

(6) The registration of voters shall be at the registration centres designated for that purpose by the Commission and notified to the public.

With 121 days to Anambra State governorship election, has Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, complied with the above provision of the Electoral Act? Has INEC been doing the voters register review continuously? Perhaps a more pertinent question to ask is: Is there voters’ register for the next year election? If there is, how many prospective voters who have attained the age of 18 years between 2007 till date have been registered?

If there is no update voters register, when does the commission intend to begin the process? Or does INEC intend to use the 2007 voters’ register to conduct next year’s election? The questions are legion, only INEC can provide the answers.


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