The Independent National Electoral Commission has been urged by the House of Representatives to delete false names and those of deceased Nigerians from its voter list because it is unreliable.
Following the unanimous approval of Leke Abejide’s motion of urgent public importance, the House made the call during Thursday’s plenary session.
“Urgent Need for Independent National Electoral Commission to Develop Mechanism to Clean Up Its System of Dead and Fictitious Registered Voters,” was the title of the motion.
The Independent National Electoral Commission registry is “full of millions of dead and nonexistent persons,” according to Abejide.
He stated, “In the most recent general election, it was glaringly evident that those whose names had been removed from the voters’ registry were still listed there. Even the name of my own departed father, who passed away a long time ago, is still listed on the board.
Apart from deceased voters, there are millions of bogus voters whose names are listed on INEC’s voter list even though they do not exist anywhere on the planet Earth. The Bimodal Voters Accreditation System has made it so that these anonymous people can no longer vote. It is thought that this resulted from Nigerians registering themselves more than once or twice in order to rig elections.
When the motion was adopted, the House made the following resolution: “INEC should conduct vigorous public enlightenment for all Nigerians to be much aware of what makes the voters register bogus, which is the numbers of dead and fictitious persons.”
The legislators also decided that INEC should create a system or software program that would allow grieving families to record the passing of a specific Permanent Voter Card number so that it could be properly removed from the Commission’s register, polling place, and ward.
“Whoever does not vote in two election cycles back to back be deleted from INEC register as non-existing human beings,” the House decided.
Another resolution called on INEC to incorporate voter verification into its ongoing voter registration process in order to identify individuals who are still alive and to weed out those who have registered fraudulently.
Additionally, the House charged the Committee on Electoral Matters with monitoring adherence to the resolutions.
Prior to the last general elections, on January 11, 2023, INEC had made the final voter list available. Voter registration increased from 84,004,084 in 2019 to 93,469,008 in 2023.
The South-West rose from 16,292,212 to 17,958,966. The North-Central increased from 13,366,070 to 15,363,731. The South-South increased from 12,841,279 to 14,440,714; the North-East increased from 11,289,293 to 12,542,429; and the South-East increased from 10,057,130 to 10,907,606. According to The PUNCH, the North-West is leading for geopolitical zones.
Lagos has the most residents per state (7,060,195), followed by Kano (5,921,370), Kaduna (4,335,208), and Lagos (7,060,195).
According to the gender distribution, there are 49,054,162 males, or 52.5%, and 44,414,846 females, or 47.5%.
Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 make up 37,060,399, those between the ages of 35 and 49 are 33,413,591, those between the ages of 50 and 69 are 17,700,270, and those aged 70 and over are 5,294,748.
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When the numbers for each state were broken down, it became clear which states had registered more new voters than others.
Abia voters increased by 187,916, from 1,932,892 in 2019 to 2,120,808 in 2023; Adamawa voters increased by 223,483; Akwa Ibom voters increased by 237,691; Anambra voters increased by 208,441; Bauchi voters increased by 286,425; Borno voters increased by 197,325; Benue voters increased by 297,596; Borno voters increased by 2,480,131; Cross River voters
Delta by 366,423, from 2,845,274 to 3,221,697; Ebonyi by 137,713, from 1,459,933 to 1,597,646; Edo by 290,547, from 2,210,534 to 2,501,081; Ekiti by 77,680, from 909,967 to 987,647; Enugu by 168,777, from 1,944,016 to 2,112,793; Gombe by 181,401, from 1,394,393 to 1,575,794; Imo by 147,629, from 2,272,293 to 2,419,922; Jigawa by 240,192, from 2,111,106 to 2,351,298; Kaduna by 404,716, from 3,932,492 to 4,335,208; Kano by 463,623, from 5,457,747 to 5,921,370; Katsina by 286,489, from 3,230,230 to 3,516,719; Kebbi by 225,810, from 1,806,231 to 2,032,041; Kogi by 286,304, from 1,646,350 to 1,932,654; Kwara by 259,470, from 1,406,457 to 1,695,927;
Lagos by 489,904, from 6,570,291 to 7,060,195; Nasarawa by 281,458, from 1,617,786 to 1,899,244; Niger by 308,309, from 2,390,035 to 2,698,344; Ogun by 313,302, from 2,375,003 to 2,688,305; Ondo by 168,998, from 1,822,346 to 1,991,344; Osun by 274,302, from 1,680,498 to 1,954,800; Oyo by 342,568, from 2,934,107 to 3,276,675; Plateau by 309,073, from 2,480,455 to 2,789,528; Rivers by 321,917, from 3,215,273 to 3,537,190; Sokoto by 268,890, from 1,903,166 to 2,172,056; Taraba by 245,269, from 1,777,105 to 2,022,374; Yobe by 119,233, from 1,365,913 to 1,485,146; Zamfara by 209,742, from 1,717,128 to 1,926,870; and the FCT by 225,451, from 1,344,856 to 1,570,307.