The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expunged 299 names of foreigners from the voters' register.

The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Friday at a consultative meeting of the commission with security agencies in Abuja.

Yakubu said the foreigners were discovered through information made available by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

He said that registering to vote and actual voting were exclusive rights of Nigerians to which aliens are excluded by law.

According to him, the commission has agreed with NIS to deploy their officers to every registration centre nationwide to ensure that only Nigerians are registered.

The INEC boss promised that the commission would continue to work in partnership with all security agencies to purge the voter register of all ineligible voters.

“Those who are below the age of 18, aliens, those registered in absentia, those barred by statutory regulations from registering as voters are not qualified.

“Persons who do not ordinarily reside, work or originate from the area covered by the registration are ineligible.

“We will continue to thoroughly scrutinise registrants in the ongoing exercise in order to ensure that only eligible registrants get registered,” he said.