INEC distances self from illegal voters registration in Nasarawa

Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega
Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Nasarawa State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has dissociated itself from the purported ongoing voters registration exercise in the state.

A statement signed by Fidelis Usar, INEC’s electoral political parties monitoring (EPPM) officer said that the commission is yet to commence the continuous voters registration (CVR) and issuance of permanent voters card in the state.

Hardware gadgets used for the illegal voter registration exercise were found in Gudi community of Akwanga local government area of Nasarawa State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ismaila Numan, who confirmed the incident said the command received complaints of illegal voter registration, swung into action and recovered finger print machine and some booklets.

“We received information that some people were engaged in the illegal registration and we were able to recover the items including print scanners,” he said.

The Nasarawa State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) had also in a press conference accused Aruwa Gyunka,a member representing Akwanga west in the state assembly, and INEC of having hands in the illegality.

Addressing a press conference at the state NUJ secretariat, the state chairman of the party, Philip Shekwo, said the party would resist any attempt to cover up the crime.

Mr. Shekwo explained that the party would be doing a disservice to the public by allowing the matter to be swept underground.

But Mr. Usar of INEC denied his commission has any hand in the exercise, saying the electoral body did not deploy any of its staff or equipment to conduct any exercise in respect of voters registration.

“The commission wishes to assure the residents of Nasarawa State that when the date for the exercise is fixed, all stakeholders will be duly notified,” Mr. Usar said.

“The commission is appealing to all political actors and other stakeholders to always crosscheck any information received with the office”.

The statement added that the report that the commission is carrying out voters registration in some parts of the state is untrue.

“Our doors are open for clarification on issues, suggestions and positive input that will further enhance the consolidation of our nascent democracy,” the INEC official said.


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