The Independent National Electoral Commission is contemplating making the National Identity Number a precondition for registering voters when the continual voter registration train commences in a number of weeks.
A nationwide commissioner at INEC disclosed this throughout an interview with the newspaper on Tuesday.
He stated the NIN would assist deal with underage voting challenges, alien voting and different challenges related to registration.
The nationwide commissioner, who wished to stay nameless as a result of he was not authorised to talk, stated a closing determination would quickly be reached.
The INEC official defined that the everlasting voter card was solely speculated to be in use for a most of 10 years, including that the majority nations depend on a nationwide database and never the Permanent Voter Card for voting.
He stated, “The NIN is the ideal. When we want to begin the continuous voter registration, we may consider it because a national identity card should be used for voting. When the PVC was introduced, it was meant to be in use for ten years, and the assumption was that within those ten years, the national identity card would be in use by a majority of Nigerians.
“I can tell you that the NIN will be one of the preconditions for registration when the CVR starts. We are trying to harmonise all databases.”
When contacted on the phone, the Director, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Nick Dazang, stated he couldn’t say if the NIN can be a precondition for registration, including that conferences have been nonetheless ongoing.
He stated as soon as a closing determination had been made, INEC would formally inform Nigerians.
When requested if the NIN can be made obligatory for brand spanking new registrants, Dazang stated. “When we reach the bridge, we will cross it. For now, we have not announced the date for the registration exercise to begin and the conditionality. When we are ready, the commission will announce the procedure for the continuous voter registration, so the commission has not decided in respect of that.”
The INEC director stated the fee was additionally making certain that the registration is finished amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
INEC has not registered any Nigerian in over two years, a growth which civil society teams have criticised.
In November, the fee introduced that the registration train would start within the first quarter of 2021.