APC chieftain finds dead father’s name on INEC register

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A stalwart of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Mr. Remmy Hazzan, has said that the register of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is full of names of dead people.

He stated this after casting his ballot at polling unit six, ward 14 in the Omu area of Odogbolu local government, Ogun State yesterday.

Hazzan, who is also the senior special adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on public communications, regretted that INEC was yet to rid its register of dead people.

He noted that INEC was building on the 1999 register, stressing that the commission should reprocess the entire voters’ registration.

Hazzan insisted that the failure of INEC to remove names of dead people from the list contributed to reported voter apathy.

“In this election and in this particular unit, we have the highest number of turnout, but if you check in relation with the voters’ register, you will see that there is voter apathy because some people on the list are dead.

“My father is in that register and he died about eight years ago. He hasn’t been removed from the register. So, INEC should have a working plan on how to get notified when voters have died so that they can take them off effectively.

“I will advocate that at the earliest convenience time, INEC should reprocess the entire voters’ registration.

“In that register, you have many dead people who were yet to be taken off from the register. In that register, you had ghost voters who were registered at that time biometrics was not in a condition to register.

“Building on that register, using it as a measure for voter turnout, I am not comfortable with that,” he said.

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