Bayelsa tops list of invalid registration with 67.1%


By Eunice Nnachi, Yenagoa

The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC Bayelsa has said, out of a total of 132,628 persons that completed registration only 43,678 were valid and 88,950 invalid. As the state tops the list of invalid with 67.1%.

The INEC Resident Electoral commission, REC, Mr. Emmanuel Alex Hart stated this at the meeting with political parties held at the Mahmood Yakubu Media Center, INEC Bayelsa state.

Hart appealed to the critical stakeholders to seize this opportunity of the display to scrutinize the list and help us clean it further so that the final register of voters for the 2023 General Election can be compiled and published.

He said, “I wish to remind you all about the initial outcome of the statistics of voter registration for Bayelsa State when the Automated Biometric Identification System was used to clean up from 28 June, 2021 to 14 January, 2022 Out of a total of 132,628 persons that completed registration only 43,678 were valid and 88,950 invalid.

“Invalid registration for that period was 67.1%. The reasons were double/multiple registration, underage registration and outright fake registrations.

“Bayelsa State is facing a critical challenge with the flooding experienced in the past six weeks. This means that a number of the Registration Areas Headquarters may still be inaccessible at the commencement of the display on 12th of November 2022.

” The Commission is mindful of this Extension of the date of display will not be feasible because of constraints of the law. However, the display will take place on identified high grounds within those Registration Areas.

“The training of Master Trainers on Election Technology has commenced to ensure a seamless process and it will cascade to the Presiding Officers and that will be recruited wish to emphasize that there is no going back on the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for voter accreditation.

“There is no going back on the transmission of results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) in real-time on Election Day. There will be no Incident Form that enables ineligible persons to vote using other people’s Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) during elections.

As the Election date gets closer, more interactive sessions for review and consultations will be initiated at very short notice and we use this opportunity to plead for your utmost cooperation