Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has explained why names of dead Nigerians are still on the voter register.
Yakubu said the inability of INEC to acquire adequate information on decease in Nigeria has hampered it from taking absent names of dead Nigerians from its register.
He stated this when he received Nasir Kwara, the Chairman of the National Population Commission, at the headquarters of the commission on Fri in Abuja.
Yakubu added that the commission had been periodically removing ineligible people and multiple registrants using engineering but the engineering cannot assist INEC to place and withdraw dead persons from its tape.
The INEC boss said, “Perhaps you may want to start by availing us with the listing of prominent Nigerians who have passed on, civil and public servants compiled from the official records of regime Ministries, Departments and Agencies and other Nigerians from infirmary and funeral records across the country.
“We appreciate that this is a herculean task but that’s partly why we have the National Population Commission. We’re confident that the NPC has the capacity to do so.
“This information is critical for INEC to heighten the credibility of the National Register of Voters”.
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