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HURIWA faults voter e-registration outcome, seeks immediate forensic investigation

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Emmanuel Onwubiko

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has raised the alarm that the ongoing online registration of prospective voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may have been “heavily compromised and probably hacked going by the suspicious figures being bandied by the officials as the statistical entries of the completed registrants so far.”

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by the National Coordinator and National Media Affairs Director, Emmanuel Onwubiko and Zainab Yusuf, the group called for a comprehensive investigation into the exercise

It noted that the figures recently released by the electoral umpire as statisics of eligible voters captured thus far in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) appeared “twisted and doctored to favour certain political power centres across the country.”

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The statement reads: “We appeal to the ebullient and resourceful INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to order the immediate investigation into this very serious suspected breaches. HURIWA acknowledges the fact that INEC’s management supports its independence by the show of courage and patriotism they have showed so far in stating the fact that the institution is capable of transmitting the results of elections electronically contrary to the lies told by the National Assembly.

“And for the National Communications Commission (NCC) that intends to erode the constitutional independence of INEC, it is expected that the Chairman will guide against any technological breaches that may undermine the integrity of the voter registration process.”

Referencing the figures the commission’s website that gave Osun State 67,773 out of the total 203, 497 eligible Nigerian voters captured within a week of the project, followed by another Southwest state, Lagos with 30,338 and by Ogun clinching the third spot with 8,886.

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