INEC Should Link Voter Registration With NIN To Stop Underage Voting- Aregbesola

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In order to preserve the integrity and transparency of the nation’s elections, Rauf Aregbesola, a former interior minister, has urged Nigeria’s electoral agency, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to link voters’ lists with the National Identification Number (NIN) database.

Aregbesola contends it would put an end to multiple registrations and unauthorised voting among minors.

Aregbesola made the comments on Tuesday, July 11 at Nasarawa State University, Keffi, during his presentation of the lead paper, “Towards Free, Fair, and Credible Elections,” at the 7th International Conference of the Professional Statisticians Society of Nigeria (PSSN).

“To enable for card compilation and printing, I propose a more seamless registration process that will be ongoing and end just a few weeks before the election.

The National Identification Number (NIN) should be synchronised with this registration.

“It will automatically disqualify minors from voting and prevent duplicate registrations. More significantly, just like the majority of application processes we have today, people should be able to register themselves online. They should only visit the INEC office to acquire cards and collect biometric data.

The division of voting districts and polling places is the second element of the electoral process. This should be based on the population. Additionally, there is often confusion on election day as people scramble to find their polling places. To prevent this confusion, a notice system or personal checks should be in place, he said.

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