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Updated CVR: Anambra now has 2,525,471 registered voters – ITREALMS

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that a total of 2,525,471 are now cleared for forthcoming Anambra State governorship elections next month, reports 
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Prof. Yakubu, INEC Chairman
INEC also revealed that some138,802 citizens registered as at the end of September via the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, even as it cleans up database nationwide.
Speaking at the weekend during an emergency meeting with political parties in Abuja, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the update became necessary to share their readiness for the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election and recent developments in the State beginning with the registration of voters and compilation of the voters’ register.

According to him, in Anambra State, a total of 138,802 citizens completed the registration, including applications for transfer and requests for replacement of lost, damaged or defaced Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) as required by law.

He also said, in the process of cleaning up the registration data, they discovered that many previously registered persons re-registered afresh.

He attributed this to the effectiveness of their new system for checking double and multiple registrations.

The Commission, he said, found out that some 62,698 persons who are already registered voters in Anambra State went ahead to register again.

“These double or multiple registrations are invalid by law. We have archived these registrations and will not print new PVCs for them. Their old PVCs remain valid and they can use them to vote at the Polling Units where they registered and probably voted in previously elections,” he said.

Yakubu equally said that they have embarked on cleaning up exercise nationwide, stressing that as soon as it is over, the Commission will provide further details to Nigerians on the situation in other States of the Federation and action to be taken on the matter.

“Let me remind all Nigerians that the law prohibits double registration. The Commission appreciates the fact that the deployment of technology, including the online pre-registration, has simplified the process and made voter registration in Nigeria easier. However, the same technology has also made it easier for us to detect multiple registrations,” he warned.

He pointed out that the new equipment, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which was introduced to replace some of older election technologies is working.

He recalled that the INEC office buildings have been completely reconstructed and renovated in readiness for the election after a fire incident earlier in the year.

"All the non-sensitive materials have either been procured afresh or sourced from neighbouring States and our Zonal stores.

"We are working assiduously with security agencies to ensure that such an attack does not happen again," the chairman assured.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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