INEC Partners NPC on Up-to-date Voters Register
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to partner with the National Population Commission (NPC) to periodically avail it with data of deceased Nigeria to further clean up voters register.
The Chairman of the Commission, professor Mahmood Yakubu gave the indication during a courtesy call by the Chairman of NPC, Alhaji Nasir Isa Kwarra at the INEC headquarters, Abuja.
Professor Yakubu appealed to the Commission to provide the Electoral Umpire with the list of Nigerians who have passed on, both civil and public servants compiled from the official records of Government to enable them update their register.
“I wish to once more appeal to the Chairman of the NPC, in your capacity as the registrar of births and deaths in Nigeria, to periodically avail us of the data of deceased Nigerians so that we can use the official information from your Commission to further clean up the voters’ register.
“In order to make the voters’ register more robust, we have been periodically cleaning it up by removing ineligible persons or multiple registrants from it using a combination of technology, that is the Automatic Biometric Identification System (ABIS) and information provided by citizens during the display of the register for claims and objections as required by law.”
The INEC Boss further explained that “However, we need to do more at present, technology cannot help us to identify and remove dead persons from the voters’ register Perhaps you may wish to start by availing us with the list of prominent Nigerians who have passed on, civil and public servants compiled from the official records of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies and other Nigerians from hospital and funeral records across the country. We appreciate that this is a Herculean task but that is partly why we have a National Population Commission. We are confident that NPC has the capacity to do so. This information is critical for INEC to enhance the credibility of the National Register of Voters.”
Prof. Yakubu, who noted that the two Commissions have embarked on one of the most imaginative and extensive inter-agency collaborations in Nigeria, said officials of the two Commissions undertook a joint project to demarcate the boundaries of INEC’s Registration Areas and NPCs enumeration areas.
Earlier, the Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Dr. Nasir Isa Kwarra stated that the Commission will officially conduct National census in 2022 as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari gives the official nod after sixteen years of the last census.
According to him, the 2022 national census would be conducted electronically.
He noted that NPC have been demarcating the land scope of the Nation since 2014, saying by the end of October, it would complete the demarcations of all the local government areas of the country.
Alhaji Kwarra assured that NPC will continue to engage lNEC with other sister agencies of it’s activities to cement the already existing cordial relationship.