Remmy Hazzan, a leader of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, has voiced his displeasure with the voter list that the Independent National Electoral Commission will use to hold the general election in 2023.
Hazzan, who also serves as Governor Dapo Abiodun's Senior Special Adviser on Public Communications, bemoaned a large number of deceased individuals still listed under the identities of registered electors on INEC's lists.
At polling unit six, ward 14, in the Omu neighborhood of Odogbolu Local Government, Ogun State, he said this soon after casting his ballot.
He emphasized that the commission should reprocess every voter's registration while noting that INEC was expanding on the 1999 register.
Hazzan maintained, however, that the alleged voter apathy was a result of INEC's failure to strike dead people's names from the list.
"We have the highest voter turnout in this election and in this particular unit, but if you check concerning the voters' register, you will see that there is voters' apathy because some people on the list are dead," he said.
"That registry contains my father, who passed away about eight years ago. He is still listed in the registry. Therefore, INEC should have a working strategy for how to notify officials when a voter has passed away so that they can remove them from the rolls efficiently. I will argue that INEC should process the complete voter registration again as soon as is practical.
"There are a lot of deceased individuals on that register who haven't yet had their names removed. Ghost voters who had enrolled when biometrics weren't ready to register were found in that register.
"I'm not comfortable with that register being expanded upon and used as a gauge of voter turnout."
CREDIT: The Punch
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