INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has disclosed that 299 foreigners who registered to vote have been deleted from the voter’s register based on information obtained from the Nigeria Immigration Service.
He made this known at the regular quarterly consultative meeting with security agencies, under the auspices of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security. He said:
“Registering to vote and actual voting in an election are the exclusive rights of Nigerian citizens to which aliens are excluded by law. We have agreed with the NIS that they will deploy their personnel to registration centres nationwide to ensure that only Nigerians register to vote in our election.”
The chairman also assured Nigerians that the commission is working to register all interested voters and issue them with their PVCs. He said:
“As we prepare for the 2019 general elections, the security agencies have a role to play, beyond providing security on the election day. As we are all aware, INEC has embarked upon the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration exercise.
“For the commission, this is the most important preparatory exercise before the general elections. We are aware of the challenges faced by the citizens in some centres and we have been responding within the limits of available resources.
“We wish to reassure all eligible voters that no one will be left out. Furthermore, we wish to assure all those who registered in 2017 that their PVCs will be available for collection in the first week of May 2018. For those who register in 2018, their PVCs will be made available to them before the 2019 general elections.”