The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has detected 158,000 multiple voter registrations and other irregularities in Adamawa State.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting yesterday in Yola, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Kassim Gaidam, said some of the problems with voters’ registration were not fraudulent but arose from technical and human error or failure to capture the required information of voters during the registration exercise.
He explained that after tidying up the register through removal of multiple registrants, under-age voters and invalid registrations, the number of registered voters in the state stood at 1,529,636, stressing that the issue of those who could not get their permanent voters’ cards as a result of these problems would be addressed after the 2014 bye – election so they could participate in the 2015 elections.
He said INEC will embark on Continuous Voter Registration at the end of the year and revealed that 43% of registered voters for the forth-coming bye -election in the state are young people between the ages of 18 and 35.
“We urge political parties to use the register positively in such a way that it will add value in the way and manner campaigns are conducted throughout the state. From the register, one of the most important inferences one can make is that the youth group (i.e. from age of 18 to 35 years) constitute over 43% of voters register in Adamawa State.
“Political parties or candidates should therefore ome up with programmes that will engage the youth productively, provide employment, initiate empowerment programmes that will capture substantial part of the votes of this group,” he said.