2015: INEC to is­sue per­ma­nent voter card

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The In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) said the com­mis­sion would is­sue per­ma­nent voter card for the 2015 elec­tions to guard against the chal­lenges that trailed pre­vi­ous elec­tions in Nigeria.

The INEC Com­mis­sioner for Op­er­a­tions, Mr Nuhu Yakubu, made this known in Abuja yes­ter­day when he vis­ited the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Com­mit­tee on Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties and Elec­toral Mat­ters.

Yakubu said the com­mis­sion had al­most con­cluded the pro­duc­tion of the card to en­sure free, fair and cred­i­ble elec­tions in 2015.

He said reg­is­tra­tion of vot­ers for elec­tion is syn­ony­mous to a cred­i­ble elec­tion.

“The com­mis­sion has al­most com­pleted the pro­duc­tion of per­ma­nent voter card. The per­ma­nent voter card is a smart card; it is sim­i­lar to a credit card which has a chip imbed­ded in it.

“The chip cap­tures all one’s bio­met­rics and data like fin­ger print, pho­to­graph, ad­dress, and pho­to­graph as well as tele­phone num­ber, among oth­ers.

“It trans­mits sig­nal. That is the kind of card that the com­mis­sion is go­ing to use dur­ing 2015 elec­tions,” he said. (NAN)

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