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INEC – Nigerians with double registration risks jail term

Nigerians who engage in double voter registration face a year in prison or a fine, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Festus Okoye, National Commissioner of INEC and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, revealed this at a workshop on technical applications in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) Process Systems for Heads of State and Government.

Section 117 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) criminalises registering more than once and spells out a fine not exceeding N100,000 or imprisonment for one year or both

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“Already registered voters that have no issues with their registration are not supposed to register during this exercise. So doing will amount to double registration and constitute an electoral offence,” he said.

Since the start of the exercise, the commission has received 258,000 online applications, according to Okoye.

INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, also addressed journalists and political party leaders in Enugu State about the exercise, saying the commission is targeting over 700,000 new registrants and transfers in the state.

He said the “commission has introduced a dedicated portal for the exercise”. “We hope that through this portal, we shall reduce overcrowding at our registration centres, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, make the registration processes generally easier, thereby giving Nigerians a pleasant electoral experience.

“You can use your phone, tablet, desktop or laptop or you can use a cybercafé. All you need is a device, including your mobile phones that can connect to the Internet and citizens can complete the online pre-registration anywhere and at any time they choose,” he said.

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