2023: Why 7 million people will not vote - INEC

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), no Nigerian was purposefully denied the chance to finish their online voter pre-registration.

According to INEC, 12,298,944 people completed their registration after the continuous voter registration (CVR) was suspended on July 31.

According to the commission, of this total, 8,854,566 people registered in physical centers, while 3,444,378 people started their registration online and finished it at a physical center.

Over seven million people, according to INEC's August report, did not finish the registration procedure at physical centers.

In a statement on Monday, Festus Okoye, INEC national commissioner, information and voter education committee, explained why the seven million persons were not captured in the record of completed voter registrations.

“To set the record straight, Nigerians may recall that on 28th June 2021, the Commission introduced the online pre-registration of voters. By doing so, citizens were given the opportunity to commence the registration online and then book an appointment at their convenience to complete the physical Biometric Capture at designated centers,” the statement reads.

"It was a novel idea leveraging technology to ease the registration process. This was in addition to the walk-in option at physical centers, where Nigerians can commence and complete their registration simultaneously without going through the online pre-registration procedure.

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“In the interest of transparency, the Commission provided weekly statistical updates on the exercise.

“For the online pre-registration, a total of 10,487,972 commenced the process. However, by the deadline of the exercise, 3,444,378 Nigerians completed their pre-registration physically at the designated centers in line with the Commission’s policy. Some 7,043,594 applicants did not complete the registration.

“Again, the Commission made the information public. This is what some people are now using to say that they were denied the opportunity when in reality, they failed to either complete the online enrolment or appear physically at the designated centers to complete the process.

“A breakdown of the 7,043,594 incomplete online pre-registrations is as follows: 4,161,775 citizens attempted but either did not complete online pre-registration or abandoned it and went for the physical registration instead; 2,881,819 registrants completed the online pre-registration but did not show up to complete the physical Biometric Capture at designated centers before the deadline.

“Therefore, it is clear that no Nigerians were deliberately denied the opportunity to complete their online pre-registration.

“We appeal to citizens to always adhere to timelines as against the endless agitation for eleventh-hour extension of set deadlines.”

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