INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. Image: NAN

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it had been purging the voter register of some irregular registrations and had removed over 300,000 names as of last week.

The commission said it will on Tuesday (today) publish the voter register across the 120,000 polling units across the nation.

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The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known while receiving the ECOWAS pre-election fact-finding team in Abuja on Monday.

Yakubu further urged members of the public to assist the commission in purging the register of ineligible voters such as illegal aliens and underage voters.

He said, “Between November 6 and November 12, we shall display the register of voters nationwide for claims and objections.”

Yakubu added, “For the registered voters, we have been cleaning up on our own with the help of the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System. As of last week before I travelled, I was told that over 300,000 names were dropped after the fingerprint system was used.

“But cleaning up the register is not just the responsibility of the commission but the responsibility of every Nigerian and that is why the law says we should display the register for claims and objections which will be done between November 6 and 12 in the 120,000 polling units nationwide.

“And I will like to seize this opportunity to appeal to citizens to check when we display the register so that they can draw the attention of the commission to the prevalence of any ineligible persons so that we can further clean up the register.”

The INEC boss maintained that the commission would not alter its election timetable, adding that the 2019 general elections were the best-planned elections.

Yakubu added, “We will conduct elections into 1,558 constituencies in 2019 made up of one Presidential constituency, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies, 29 governorship elections, 991 state constituencies and 68 constituencies for the FCT for the area councils, the chairmen and councillors making a total of 1, 558 constituencies.”

He disclosed that out of the 91 political parties, 88 were fielding candidates for the elections.

Yakubu also revealed that by November 9, INEC would publish the number of governorship and House of Assembly candidates.