The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has reiterated its commitment to deploying technology in enhancing the openness, transparency and credibility of elections and the electoral process in Nigeria.
In an opening remark, during his meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners, the National Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, noted that with the introduction of the e -pre-registration of voters for the frst time in history, eligible citizens were given the opportunity to commence their registration online before completing the process physically at designated centres nationwide.
He said that within two weeks since the commencement of the online pre-registration of voters nationwide, five hundred and forty two thousand, five hundred and seventy six Nigerians have completed the online pre-registration out of which Anambra State had recorded eighteen thousand, two hundred and fifty three registrations.
According to the National Chairman, four hundred and fifty six thousand, nine hundred and nine out of the number are fresh registrants while eighty five thousand, six hundred and sixty seven have applied for voter transfer, replacement of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), update of voter information record among others.
He said the Commission also provided Nigerians with information on the distribution of registrants across the States of the Federation and by age, occupation, gender and disability which senior citizens aged seventy and above recorded six thousand, one hundred and eighty four.
Prof. Yakubu noted, that the Commission had requested registrants to indicate their disability, if any, to enable it optimally and efficiently deploy assistive voting devices such as Braille ballot guide and magnifying glasses for persons with special needs at polling units on election day adding that so far, they have received data for six thousand, five hundred and fifty eight registrants who have clearly indicated their type of disability.
He assured every eligible registrant that there will also be an opportunity for physical or in-person registration at designated centres hence the plan to proceed systematically owing to security situation, there was activation of two thousand, six hundred and seventy three registration centres and deployment of five thousand, three hundred and forty six officials for the in-person registration.