After a vetting process and “cleaning up” its voters’ registry, Nigeria’s electoral commission says it has delisted over a million newly registered voters. Those affected enrolled between 28th June 2021 and January 14th 2022 in order to obtain permanent voter registration cards (PVCs).

What’s more 
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 2,523,458 people registered during that time period, however, data of 1,126,359 registrants were deemed to be “invalid and consequently delisted.”

Implications of the Delisted Voters 
According to INEC’s Election Project Plan (EPP) committee, Nigeria’s electoral body budgeted the sum of N305 billion for the 2023 elections. Using COVI (cost of voters index) for a transactional democracy such as Nigeria, the average cost per voter is between $4 to $8. Multiplying this by the 1,126,359 delisted registrants, the country would waste a projected $4,505,436 – $9,010,872 of the country’s allocated election funds on non-voters. 

After completing the registration exercise, INEC officials allocate a temporary voter’s card to registrants, which is exchanged for the permanent voter’s card (pvc) at a later date. These temporary voters’ cards are acceptable in certain organizations as a means of identification. But since INEC delisted over 1,126,359 newly registered Nigerians without retrieving the temporary voters’ cards, this raises a question of validity to the organizations accepting it as a means of identification. 

What to watch 
At the end of the vetting exercise by INEC, Nigerians would be able to judge the data presented by the commission.

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