Ahead of the February 2022 FCT Area Council elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has detected 14,665 multiple registrations in the FCT Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.
The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
He said in view of the forthcoming area council elections in the FCT scheduled for February 12, 2022, involving 68 constituencies to elect six area council chairmen and 62 councillors, the CVR exercise was suspended nine days ago – 60 days to the election – as required by law.
Yakubu said a total of 42,986 Nigerians completed their registration in the FCT.
“Consequently, the number of new valid registrants in the FCT is 28,321. Added to this figure are requests for transfer of registrations to FCT, replacement of lost or damaged PVCs and update of voter records, making an overall total of 39,208 new PVCs to be printed,” Yakubu said.
On the technology adopted in the nation’s electoral processes, Yakubu said the commission piloted two technological innovations in the Anambra State governorship election – the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) – which was deployed for the first time in a major election after the successful pilot in the Isoko South I State Constituency in Delta State in September this year.
He said the BVAS has replaced the Smart Card Reader (SCR) for verification and authentication as part of the nation’s improved voter accreditation process and that the new technology was designed in-house by INEC engineers.