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INEC demonstrates voter enrollment device to parties, CSOs

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Ahead of the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise on June 28, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented the new INEC Voter Enrollment Device (IVED) to political parties and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

The Commission also demonstrated the procedure for the proposed online registration in a bid to ensure transparency in the process.

IVED, an android-based technology, would be deployed for the CVR exercise after the commission jettisoned the old Direct Data Capture Machine (DDCM) that had been in use for about 10 years.

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The electoral management body had on Wednesday said it has created an additional 54, 873 polling units, bringing the total number of polling units in the country to 176,846.

Speaking yesterday during the second quarterly meeting with CSOs in Abuja, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said with the creation of additional polling units, there was need for massive advocacy and publicity to ensure that citizens are familiar with their voting locations well ahead of elections.

He said the portal would enable Nigerians to commence their registration online before concluding the process physically at designated centres.

The INEC boss appealed to CSOs to support the Commission by increasing citizens’ awareness through voter education.

“Working together with you, we have in no small measure deepened our democracy by expanding citizens’ access to the ballot box. This historic accomplishment was also made in record time. It took just four months (February to June 2021) to solve a 25-year-old problem.

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