While political gladiators are warming up to slug it out in the Anambra governorship race slated for November 16, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday announced that it has uncovered 93,526 cases of multiple registration in the state.
The Commission’s Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, made the disclosure in Abuja while speaking at a UNDP-DGD programme. The INEC Chairman pointed out that, the figure amounts to about 5% of the registered voters in the state. He however went on to state that the names have been removed from the register.
Professor Jega also made it known that INEC is working together with the Nigerian Bar Association to prosecute the offenders in order to make their cases serve as deterrent to others. He said the exercise will be done nationwide, with Anambra as the take-off point.
He also said for subsequent elections, voters cards will be issued at Local Governments and it will not be without age identification. That according to him will check electoral fraud. “As we count down to the 2015 elections the commission is increasingly fine-tuning work process to ensure delivery of elections that are much more free, fair and credible than that of 2011,” Jega said. He also disclosed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) which got registered recently can go ahead to field candidates in the forthcoming local government polls in Anambra State.