The Commission says it will not enforce the online registration for all Nigerians but those who are internet savvy can register stress free.
The cumbersome process of voter registration in Nigeria has created voter apathy and continue to disenfranchise many Nigerians willing and able to vote. With this new initiative, only biometric data capturing would be done at designated centres.
About 16 million new voters are targeted. This position was made through INEC’s National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye through The Punch on Monday.
He said INEC “won’t require everyone” to go to registration centres and that such centres will only help capture their faces and fingerprints. Many Nigerians still believe this is not necessary as data obtained through other biometric processes.
In November 2020, the electoral body promised that the continuous voter registration, which had been suspended since August 2018, would commence within the first quarter of 2021. Punch reports that the Commission has not registered anyone for over 2 years.
Okoye stated that it was necessary for the Commission to expand voting centres as only 50,000 centres were added to the already existing 119,793 centres in 2015.