The Punch reports that 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 conduct the general election in 2023.
Hazzan, who also serves as Governor Dapo Abiodun's Senior Special Advisor on Public Communications, bemoaned the large number of deceased individuals still listed under the names of registered voters on INEC's database.
He made this statement soon after casting his ballot in Ward 14 of Polling Unit 6 in the Omu neighborhood of Odogbolu Local Government, Ogun State.
He emphasized that the commission should reprocess every voter's registration while noting that INEC was expanding on the 1999 register.
Hazzan insisted, however, that the alleged voter apathy was a result of INEC's failure to strike dead people's names from the list. Although we had the highest turnout in this election and in this particular unit, he claimed, "If you check in relation to the voters' register, you will see that there is voters' apathy because some people on the list are dead." That register contains the name of my father, who passed away about eight years ago. He is still listed in the register. Therefore, INEC should have a working plan for how to notify them when a voter has passed away so that they can remove them from the rolls efficiently.
"I will push for INEC to reprocess the entire voter registration at the earliest opportunity." There are many deceased individuals still listed in that register who have not yet had their names removed. "Building on that register and using it as a measure for voter turnout, I am not comfortable with that." In that register, there were "ghost voters" who were registered at a time when biometrics was not in a condition to register.
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