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Aregbesola urges INEC to link voter registration with NIN

FORMER interior minister, Rauf Aregbesola, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to link voters’ registers with the National Identification Number (NIN) database, in order to maintain the credibility and transparency of the nation’s elections

He continued by explaining that by doing this, the era of illegal registrations and underage voting will stop.

Aregbesola made the comments yesterday while delivering the lead paper, “Towards Free, Fair, and Credible Elections,” at the Professional Statisticians Society of Nigeria’s (7th) International Conference at Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

“I am suggesting a more seamless registration system that will be continuous and terminate only a few weeks before the election, to allow for compilation and printing of cards. This registration should be synced with the National Identification Number (NIN).

“It will automatically eliminate underage voters and the possibility of multiple registrations. More importantly, people should be able to do the registration online, on their own, just like most application processes we have today. They should only go to the INEC office for biometric data capture and card collection only.

‘The second factor in the electoral process is the delineation of voting constituencies and polling units. This should be population-based. There is also always chaos on election day as voters will be running helter-skelter, trying to find their polling units. There should be a system of notification or personal checks to avoid this confusion,” he said.

The former governor of Osun also advised INEC to train political parties on the precise roles they will play in elections, as well as to ensure the smooth and seamless distribution of electoral materials.

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