The Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Plateau State, Dr. Oliver Agundu has commended Civil Society Organizations, CSOs for cross checking the displayed voters’ register by the commission and their discovery of underage registration.
Speaking during an interactive session with journalists at the state INEC office in Jos, Agundu said the preliminary display of the Voters Registers was mainly to receive complains and objections to enable the Commission clean up the Register as they anticipate a credible and dependable Register for next year’s general elections.
“Let me be clear that the Commission is committed to purge the Voters Register of the underaged, illegal immigrants and all categories of persons not constitutionally permitted by our laws to vote and be voted for.
“At the moment, such complains and objections have been received and compiled for onward transmission to the National Headquarters for the commencement of the clean-up exercise.
“All those who have taken their time to cross check the register and to report anomalies as required and expected by INEC are hereby deeply appreciated for their patriotic service to the Nation and their commitment towards democratic consolidation in our country.
“Let me assure all of them that every genuine complain and objections will be accorded utmost considerations and all corrections will be effected accordingly” he added.
Dr. Agundu used the interactive session to inform the Journalists that two weeks ago the Commission took delivery of Four (4) Trailer loads of Non – sensitive materials ahead of the 2023 election.
He also noted that the office had on Monday morning 5 December, 2022, taken delivery of another batch of PVCs totalling Three hundred and sixty two thousand, four hundred and sixty five (362, 465) of those that registered newly this year as well as cases of transfers and replacements.
“As announced by the headquarters few days ago there shall be Nationwide commencement of PVCs collection on Monday 12th December, 2022 to Monday, 23rd January, 2023 at the headquarters of the 774 local government Areas.
“The Commission has also announced that PVCs collections will be devolved to 8,809 Registration Areas/Wards from Friday 6th to Sunday 15th January, 2023.
“I hereby invite you once again to help us create awareness in this regard especially here in Plateau State, I wish to also inform you that before the end of the week we shall be receiving the Plateau state share of the Biomodal Voter Accreditation System, (BVAS) which is now the most critical component of our electoral system.
“Let me also bring to your notice that there is no going back on the use of BVAS for the 2023 general election. Candidates should not deceive themselves but concentrate their energy on campaigns, within the provisions of the electoral act to canvass for votes, as everything will be transparent and in fairness to all parties”he emphasized.