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2023: 2.7 million ineligible registrants are uncovered in Kano by INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission said it identified 2,780,756 registrants in Kano State to be ineligible at the completion of the Automated Biometric Identification System on Thursday.

The declaration was made during a meeting with representatives of election stakeholders by Zango Abdu, the newly appointed Kano Resident Electoral Commissioner.

He said that at the conclusion of the exercise, 12,298 944 Nigerians had been effectively registered as new voters.

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“The preliminary voter registration in Kano State now stands at 5,927,565” he said.

“It is preliminary because Section 19 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Act 2022 requires the Commission to display the hard copies of the register of voters for each registration area (Ward) and Local Government Area (and simultaneously publish the entire register on the Commission’s website) for a period of two weeks for scrutiny, claims and objections, by citizens not later than 90 days to a general election.”

The REC further stated that the commission will continue to monitor political party activities and track the funds of all political parties in compliance with Sections 83, 85, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, and 95 of the Electoral Act of 2022.

He asked politicians to carefully analyze and pay respect to the provisions of the Constitution, the Electoral Act, The Police Act, and The Public Order Act to ensure the appropriate and peaceful conduct of political party campaigns, rallies, and processions.

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He further stated that, in accordance with the law, the commission will keep tabs on the campaign’s money and operations.

Abdu then emphasized that INEC will not abandon its plan to use the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) on Election Day to both authenticate voters and transmit results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal.

He went on to add there would not be an incident form that would allow ineligible voters to use a voter’s Permanent Voters Card to cast a ballot during an election.

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