NIN: Anxiety as INEC set to make national ID compulsory for voters' registration

NIN: Anxiety as INEC set to make national ID compulsory for voters' registration

- There are ongoing deliberations on whether to make NIN enrolment as a prerequisite for voters' registration

- Although the decision is not yet official, INEC is planning to tackle the problem of underage voting through the NIN-voter's card linkage

- The federal government had directed Nigerians to link their NIN with SIMs as part of the efforts towards tackling crimes

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that it is planning to make the National Identification Number (NIN) a prerequisite for the voters' registration exercise.

According to the electoral commission, this will help to tackle the problem of underage voting in some parts of the country.

Speaking with The Punch newspaper, one of the national commissioners at INEC whose name was not given made this disclosure, adding that the final decision would soon be reached and officially announced to the public.

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More headache for Nigerians as INEC plans to make NIN compulsory for voters' registration
INEC is planning to make NIN as a prerequisite for voters' registration. Credit: INEC website, NIMC
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The commissioner described NIN as "ideal" and what should be ordinarily used for voting exercise across the country.

“The NIN is the ideal. When we want to begin the continuous voter registration, we may consider it because ordinarily, a national identity card is what should be used for voting.
"When the PVC was introduced, it was meant to be in use for 10 years and the assumption was that within those 10 years, the national identity card would be in use by a majority of Nigerians.
“I can tell you that the NIN will be one of the preconditions for registration when the CVR starts. We are trying to harmonise all databases.”

Minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, had earlier argued the NIN enrollment and linkage with SIM card will help in tackling crimes and fishing out criminals and fraudsters.

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Meanwhile, the federal government issued a fresh directive announcing the lift of suspension on replacement and activation of old Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card.

The directive was given on Thursday, December 31, in a statement by the director of public affairs of the National Communication Commission (NCC) Ikechukwu Adinde.

The NCC, however, gave a condition that the person must have enrolled and obtained the NIN.

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