The Equity International Initiative (EII) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently reinstate omitted names of eligible voters in the voters’ register ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
The Country Director of the EII, Ambassador Chris Iyama made the call weekend in Abuja at a news conference on the state of the nation.
According to him, INEC omitted over 2.7 million names of eligible Nigerians from the voters register published by the commission.
“EII, in the past one week, conducted a survey on the recently published voters register, the survey was conducted in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
“We note with dismay the omission of over 2.7 million names of eligible Nigerians from the voters register published by INEC.
“EII hereby condemns the attitude and manners INEC has shown in this build up to the 2019 General Elections. It is most unfortunate and unimaginable that after citizens took time to register despite the many frustration encountered at the polling units, INEC could not properly release names of eligible voters,” Iyama said.
He said this act by INEC was a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise some segments of the populace, urging the commission to apologize to Nigerians whose names were omitted from the register and to immediately republish the missing names and ensure that the processes leading to the 2019 General elections are seen as credible.