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Monday, 20 March 2017

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced via its chairman Mahmood Yakubu that voters' registration and distribution of permanent voters cards will begin next month.

Speaking today in Abuja, Yakubu affirmed:
"Election is essential based on a number of parameters. One of it is quality and credibility of voter register; the voter register is central to election.

"After the 2015 general elections, we are compelled to see if we can clean up the voter register. For instance, we have to remove the names of the deceased from the register.

"But this is easier said than done because sometimes you may know that the person is dead but the process of removing the name from the system is not that simple.

"This is simply because in some cases we receive report that candidates involve in an election were dead only for them to turn up at the commission few days later to say it is a lie that they are alive.

"With 70 million registered voters at the moment, and by the time we do the Continuous Voter Registration fixed for April, the number will definitely go higher."
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