INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will publish the list of registered voters on Monday, January 7, ahead of next month’s general election.

The INEC Director of Voter Education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, revealed this on Wednesday during an interview on the maiden edition of Channels Television’s Lunchtime Politics.

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Osaze-Uzzi also dismissed some allegations of the rumoured attempt by some politicians to buy uncollected voter cards.

He said: “On January 7 (next week Monday), we will issue the register of voters as required by law to certify them for use in the general elections and publish the register.”

Osaze-Uzzi explained that the commission is fully prepared for the polls by constant training and retraining of its staff.

When asked about the impact of the current strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on the INEC’s preparedness for the elections, Osaze-Uzzi stated that the commission was working on some other plans.

Although he admitted that some tertiary education students were hired for the exercise, he, however, stated that it was only considered in states where there is a shortage of some corps members.

“We are going to meet with the leadership of ASUU. We hope that the discussions will be fruitful and we can reach some kind of understanding in terms of Returning Officers. It’s a challenge but it is not surmountable,” he stated.