INEC Knocks CUPP Over BVAS Suspension, Other Claims

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday denounced the United political party coalition over accusations of planned suspension of the biomodal voter accreditation system for the holding of the 2023 elections.

The committee also noted that while it encourages and respects citizens’ rights to demand accountability, it is also important to exercise caution.

This was disclosed in a statement made available to: The PUNCH on Thursday.

“The Commission’s attention has been drawn to a report of a press conference addressed by the Coalition of United Political Parties on the electoral roll for the 2023 general election.

“The Commission recognizes and respects the right of citizens, both as individuals and as groups, to demand explanations from public authorities, including INC, and hold them accountable.

“However, it is always important that caution is exercised so that such interventions do not inadvertently cast doubt on public opinion, thereby undermining public confidence and confidence in the electoral process.

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“Nigerians recall that on July 31, 2022, the Commission suspended rolling voter registration to initiate additional activities that will culminate in the integration of new registrants into the final electoral register for the 2023 general election.

“It is important to reiterate that no new registrant has yet been added to the electoral roll for the 2023 general election or will be listed until these additional activities are completed in accordance with the law.

“To be clear, we’re repeating the key components of these activities. First, the Commission is carrying out a comprehensive clean-up of the automated biometric identification system of the registration data by examining each record.

“Based on the Elections Act 2022, any record that does not meet all of the criteria for inclusion as set forth in Section 10, including the appearance by the registrant in person at the registration location with proof of identity, age and nationality and our Company Rules requirements of a sufficient number of fingerprints and clear photos will be invalidated.

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“Further, in accordance with Article 19(1) of the Elections Act 2022, after the ABIS and clearance, the Commission establishes a seven-day period during which the register will be published for public scrutiny for objections and complaints.

“Finally, it is only after the cleanup and the claims and objections have been completed that the final registration will be published.”

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