Anambra 2021: INEC Uncovers 62,698 Cases of Double Voter Registration

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* The INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu

Ahead of the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State, the Independent National Electoral Commission says it has uncovered 62,698 cases of multiple voter registration.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this on Friday in Abuja at an emergency meeting with 18 registered political parties participating in the election.

The discovery of double or multiple registrants was made during the process of cleaning up the registration data for the Anambra elections.

Yakubu said that these double or multiple registrations were invalid by law as the law prohibits double registration.

“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 PVCs as required by law. However, in the process of cleaning up the registration data, we discovered that many previously registered persons re-registered afresh.

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“As a testimony to the effectiveness of our new system for checking double and multiple registrations, the commission found out that some 62,698 persons who are already registered voters in Anambra State went ahead to register again,” Yakubu said.

The INEC boss said that the commission had archived these registrations and would not print new PVCs for them.

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“Consequently, the number of valid registrants in Anambra State at the end of the First Quarter of the CVR exercise on 5th September 2021 is 77,475.

“This figure has been added to the existing register of 2,447,996 eligible voters used for the 2019 General Election. Accordingly, the number of registered voters in Anambra State now stands at 2,525,471,” Yakubu added.

According to him, in Anambra State, 138,802 citizens completed the registration, including applications for transfer and requests for replacement of lost, damaged or defaced PVCs as required by law.

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