Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, explained why the names of deceased Nigerians are still on the voters list.
Yakubu said INEC’s inability to obtain adequate data on deaths in Nigeria prevented it from removing the names of deceased Nigerians from its register.
He said this when he received Nasir Kwara, the chairman of the National Population Commission, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
Yakubu added that the commission periodically removes ineligible people and multiple registrants using technology, but technology cannot help INEC identify and remove deceased people from its case.
The INEC boss said: “You may want to start by providing us with the list of prominent Nigerians who have passed away, civil servants and civil servants compiled from official records of government ministries, departments and agencies and of other Nigerians from hospital and funeral records across the country.
“We understand this is a Herculean task, but that’s part of why we have the National Population Commission. We are confident that the NPC has the ability to do this.
“This information is essential for INEC to strengthen the credibility of the National Register of Electors.”