The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has reacted to the allegations by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
CUPP in a press conference on Wednesday, had alleged that the just concluded Continuous Voters Registration was marred by irregularities, adding that the ruling All Progressives Congress padded the register with fake names.
The spokesman of the Coalition, Ikenga Ugochinyere Imo, further alleged that the Imo Governor added fictitious names and increased his ward to 46,000 voters.
But INEC in a statement by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said the process of cleaning the Voter registration is ongoing assuring that the commission will deliver a free, fair, credible and inclusive election.
The Statement reads thus that the attention of the Commission has been drawn to a report of a press conference addressed by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on the Register of Voters for the 2023 general elections. The Commission recognizes and respects the right of citizens, either as individuals and groups, to demand explanation from public agencies, including INEC, and to hold them accountable.
However, it is always important that caution is exercised so that such interventions do not unwittingly sow doubts in the public mind, thereby diminishing public confidence and trust in the electoral process.
Nigerians would recall that on 3Ist July 2022, the Commission suspended the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to commence supplemental activities that will culminate in the integration of new registrants into the final Register of Voters for the 2023 General Election.