The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally launched an online portal for Nigerians to register as voters.
INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that the portal will go live on Monday when the online registration is scheduled to commence.
He 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.
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.
“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.”