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BREAKING 2023: INEC rejects NIN for voter registration

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INEC rejects NIN for voter registration

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has refused the use of National Identification Number for Voters Registration in the 774 Local Government Areas ahead of the 2023 general election.

The INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in statement said “The NIN is not going to be mandatory for the simple reason that we are operating on the basis of the law establishing INEC. Section 10 of the Electoral Act lists the means of identification to be presented by prospective registrants for the purpose of registration.

“These includes, birth certificate, national passport, national identity card, or any other document that will prove the identity, age, and nationality of the applicants. The NIN is only one of the means of identification provided for under section 10 (2) of the Electoral Act.

“We can’t single that out and make it mandatory. All the other requirements are requirements of the law and we must apply the law equally. Yes, if you have your national ID card, you can present it during registration but we will not make it mandatory means of identification for the exercise.”

Prio to this, the Commission had earlier in the year announced that the Registration exercise would commence in the first quarter of 2021.

The specified date for the continuous Voters registration is June 28th,2021 as stated by the Electoral body.

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