Friday, September 30, 2022

Incomplete Voters Registration: Nigerians Sue INEC

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Twenty-four Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against the Independent National Electoral Commission for “failing to give them and other seven million Nigerians adequate time and opportunity to complete their voter registration after they have carried out their registration online.”

According to a statement by the Deputy Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Kolade Oludare, Sunday, the plaintiffs, who are suing for themselves and on behalf of seven million other Nigerians want to “complete the registration process so that they can obtain their Permanent Voter Cards, and exercise their right to vote.”

INEC recently disclosed that out of 10,487,972 Nigerians, who carried out their pre-registration online, only 3,444,378 completed the process at a physical centre. This represents just 32.8 percent of completed online registration.

But in the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1662/2022 filed last Friday at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the plaintiffs are seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel INEC to re-activate its continuous voters registration exercise to allow the plaintiffs to complete their registration and collect their PVCs.”…

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