INEC Launches PVC Portal for Online Voter Registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that PVC portal will go live on Monday when the online registration is scheduled to commence.

Continuous voter registration by the Commission stopped in August 2018, about six months before the last elections where 84 million Nigerians registered (42 percent of the population).

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday stated that the portal was created for intending registrants to commence the process online by providing relevant details before booking an appointment to visit the commission’s office.

This according to Yakubu was to prevent overcrowding in the era of Covid-19. After dropping their details online, eligible voters can then visit any INEC office in their state or LGA to complete the process starting from July 19.

Yakubu said that as a result of security challenges in some parts of the country, the commission decided to start the registration online before it commences fully at all the 2,673 registration centres nationwide on a letter date.

“In addition, those who are already registered as voters can carry out all the other activities such as transfers, correction of personal details and replacement of damaged or defaced PVCs online,” he said.

“However, I must quickly reiterate that the online registration is a public service and therefore free of charge. There is no INEC-approved cybercafe, no online registration centre and no scratch card to be purchased for the exercise. All you need is a device, including your mobile phones, that can connect to the internet.”

Mahmood added that INEC has acquired all the equipment for the voter registration and has also planned for the deployment of 5,346 staff to the registration centres.

Among the equipment he mentioned is a new registration machine called the INEC voter enrolment device (IVED) which will replace the laptop-based old direct data capture machine (DDCM).

“I am glad to say that our engineers designed the IVED in-house before it was fabricated abroad. It is more mobile and efficient than the DDCM and could also be deployed to other activities, particularly the accreditation of voters during elections,” he said.

INEC had converted a total of 56,872 voting points and voting point settlements into polling units to make it easier to vote in elections.

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