Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday, charged security agencies to apprehend and prosecute those he alleged were behind an ongoing illegal voters registration in Ondo State, ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
Speaking during a strategic retreat to prepare the commission’s senior officials for the 2015 general elections, Jega said even where the culprits involved in the illegal registration in Ondo were not caught, they would not be able to breach the existing data base of the commission.
Jega pledged that the commission was ready to ensure that the forthcoming Ondo gubernatorial election is an improvement of the one conducted in Edo State.
The retreat was facilitated by the Democratic Governance for Development, DGD, project of the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in Lagos.
Jega also disclosed plans by the commission to commence the issuance of permanent voter’s cards this year.
The DGD Project Director, Dr. Mourtada Demeat, while commending recent progress in the conduct of elections, charged the election monitoring body to remain focused on improving its processes and procedures.
Present at the retreat, , were INEC national commissioners, Resident Electoral Commissioners, directors and civil society election stakeholders drawn from across the country.
Assuring that the fake registration would not compromise the existing voters’ register, he said: “I want to assure you that there is no way that anybody can do any registration and put that data into our data base.
“We have a data base in Ondo State, but we have an exact replica of that base in the headquarters.”