The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has removed over 300,000 names from its voters register in preparation for 2019 elections.
Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, disclosed this when he received a delegation of ECOWAS pre-election fact-finding mission in Abuja on Monday.
According to Yakubu, the names were removed from the register after the automated fingerprint identification system was carried out on the biometrics data of registered voters.
He said the screening was aimed at ensuring a clean voters’ register adding that it would display register of voters nationwide for claims and objections between November 6 and November 12.
“For the registered voters, we have been cleaning up on our own, using the AFIS. As at last week, before I travelled, I was told that over 300,000 names were dropped by the automatic fingerprints identification system,” he said.
“But the cleaning of the voter register is not the sole responsibility of the commission; it is also the responsibility of every Nigerian.
“That is why the law says that we should display the register for a period of six days between Nov. 6 and Nov. 12. We will display the voter register in 120,000 polling units nationwide.
“I will like to use this opportunity to appeal to the citizens to check when we display the register so that they can draw the attention of the commission to the prevalence of any ineligible voter on the register so that we can further clean up the register.”
Yakubu also revealed that INEC was well prepared for the 2019 elections.
He said; “In fact, we can say that the 2019 general election is perhaps the most deliberately well-planned election in our history.”
The electoral body said it would conduct elections into 1,558 constituencies in 2019, including, one presidential constituency, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies, 29 governorship elections, 991 state constituencies and 68 constituencies in the FCT for the area council, the chairmen and councillors, making a total of 1,558 constituencies.