The Independent National Commission, INEC, says it would synchronize its permanent voter’s card programme into National identity scheme in 2019.
INEC’s National Commissioner, Professor Lai Olurode, who made this known in Abuja, said the synchronization of the cards is being extended to 2019 because INEC is not sure if the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, exercise would contain the required bio-metric data required for elections.
He explained that the card would contain voter’s bio-data; age, sex, address, finger prints, blood group and phone number of eligible voter, among others features, adding that some of the electronic card features include micro testing security, hologram and fingerprints.
Professor Olurode said the card is designed to prevent multiple voting and strengthen INEC’s efforts to clean up the nation’s electoral process.
The INEC Commissioner, however, explained that the current requirements on NIMC data collection form for the national identity card consisted of just phone numbers, name, gender, address, state and fingerprint.
According to him, because of these deficiencies, INEC cannot key into NIMC data collection and stop its ongoing printing of permanent voters’ card and expressed the hope that in subsequent elections, INEC would not need to conduct fresh or continuous voter registration, once they are sure that NIMC is on the right platform.