The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has launched an online portal for voter’s registeration scheduled to go live on Monday, 28th June 2021.
This was disclosed by the commission’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, 24th June 2021.
Mahmood who explained the reason for the creation said 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.
Adding that they can afterwards visit any INEC state or LGA office to complete the process from July 19, the same day the physical registration is scheduled to start.
“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,
“We hope that through this portal, we shall reduce overcrowding at our registration centres, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, make the registration processes generally easier, thereby giving Nigerians a pleasant electoral experience.
“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.” he said.
Further explaining the reason for the online creation Mahmood said that the 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.
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.