By Sunday Awosoro.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the opening of an online registration portal for voters. The portal, which has been created to reduce the stress attached to voter registration is set to be lunched on the 28th of June, 2021.
This was announced by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at the anniversary event of Blueprint Newspaper in Abuja.
The Vent Republic gathers that Yakubu, while giving his speech at the celebration, raised concerns on electoral processes rigging as being a reoccurring problem. He however noted the introduction of new technological approaches to making sure it is stopped.
His speech reads:
“We discovered that rigging can come before, during and after the election and one thing is for us to find ways of stopping this. Few years ago, the entire processes involved in an election were rigged and the commission has moved to apply technology to this process.
“A credible voter’s register must ensure that a person only appear once in the register. So, we need to apply biometrics to the electoral process and we must start with biometric registration which will ensure the capacity to ensuring one man one vote.
“Between 2011 and 2021 when we did optimization process, 15 million records were removed. It was a big duplication. Some of them didn’t have their passport and so, we removed them. When we do verification, we first do the finger print,” he stated.
“Also, between 2015 and 2019, we registered about 15.7 million voters and only about one million were duplication. So, we are moving forward and improving.
“All things being equal, we are planning and we are ready to start the continuous voter registration June 28.
“We plan to commence the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and it is important to update the voter registration to include addition biometric requirement. It will no longer be finger print alone.
“We are going to include facial capture which will strengthen the system. So, if you have been planning to dodge the finger print, you will also have to plan to dodge the facial because we will check all those details,” he concluded.