There are concerns that some factors may affect the coming general elections in Nigeria which will take place in 2023 as scheduled.
One of those factors is the fact that there are still names of dead people in the voters register which means that such names still reflect in the voters database despite the fact that they are already dead. This is a concern that many Nigerians have been expressing and the right body to channel this concern to is the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The big question is, ''Why has INEC failed to remove the names of these dead people from the voters register?
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According to the Nigerian constitution, INEC is responsible for the registration of voters, registration of political parties, compilation of voters register, updating of voters register, conduct of elections, collation of election results, announcement of election results and defense of the election results in court if need be. Registration of voters and updating of voters register and few others are to be done by INEC on regular basis. But, the reality on ground in Nigeria shows that names of some dead people are still on the voters register even as the 2023 general elections approach.
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What INEC revealed is the reason behind this.
INEC admitted this sad fact. Speaking on why the names of dead people are still on the voters register, INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu revealed that it is caused by INEC's inability to get adequate data of deaths in Nigeria. This was contained in a report by The Punch. Yakubu stated that INEC has been identifying and removing cases of ineligible persons and multiple registrations from the voters register.
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But, it cannot identify the dead persons so as to remove their names from the voters register because it has not been furnished with adequate data of dead people in the country by the National Population Commission (NPC). He made this known when he hosted the NPC Chairman, Nasir Kwarra adding that INEC and NPC would embark on a major collaboration to make things different and to solve the problems they have identified.
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It must be pointed out that some corrupt politicians and their agents have exploited this loophole to come up with fake voter cards that will enable them rig elections. In fact, it becomes easier for them to do so if they collude with some corrupt INEC staff that will supply them with information of some voters they could not verify if they are alive or dead. With that, the politicians know how to manipulate things.
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Again, some politicians take advantage of this problem of INEC's inability to remove names of dead people from the register to manipulate election results and rig the election bearing in mind that it may be hard for INEC to adequately reconcile the figures. This is one of the reasons why such politicians vehemently dispute elections and INEC's figures in court to know if things will go their way. It is good for INEC and NPC to partner to solve this and many other problems affecting Nigeria ahead of 2023 general elections.
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