INEC has said that NIN not mandatory for voter registration.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the National Identification Number (NIN) is not mandatory for voter registration.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this on Thursday while addressing reporters in Abuja.
He said the NIN is only a means of identification for registration, as listed in the Electoral Act.
“I want to make this important clarification. NIN is not going to be made mandatory for voter registration. This is for a simple reason that we are operating on basis of law establishing INEC.
“Section 10 of the Electoral Act lists identifications to be presented by prospective registrants for the purpose of voter registration to include birth certificate, national passport, national identify card,” Yakubu said.
The INEC chairman said the list also included the driver’s licence or any other document that would prove the identity and age of the applicant.
He said the NIN card is only one of the means of identification provided for, under Section 10, sub-section 2 of the Electoral Act.
Also, INEC has urged political parties and other stakeholders to provide unhindered access for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to participate actively and effectively in political activities.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Outreach and Partnership Committee (OPC), Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, said this on Wednesday at a virtual validation meeting on the Disability Inclusion Guide.
The commissioner said it is only when PWDs are given unhindered access that the nation could say equality is guaranteed in tenderness, backed by relevant national and international laws.
Also, the INEC has said it will begin the registration of voters with the deployment of a new technology as from Monday, June 28.
The exercise will last and carried out until the third quarter of 2022.
The new technology is different from the one used for previous registration.
“The commission has decided to introduce a new voter registration equipment and technology. The present generation of voter registration equipment, which the commission introduced in 2011, is the Direct Data Capture Machine (DDCM).
“This is based on a laptop and a series of peripherals connected to it. In addition, it includes large power packs to power the laptops in the field. While the DDCMs have served the commission well over the last 10 years, we believe that there are now more compact registration devices that will better serve Nigerians during the CVR exercise.
“The commission is, therefore, migrating to the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED), which is based on an Android tablet. The procurement of the new devices, the modification of the registration software by our in-house engineers to make it compatible with the Android Operating System, as well as integrating these with the online registration portal require a little more time,” Prof. Yakubu said.