Rauf Aregbesola, a former Minister of the Interior, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to link voter registration with the National Identification Number (NIN) database to uphold the honesty and transparency of elections in the country.
He further explained that such integration would put an end to underage voting and the occurrence of multiple registrations.
Aregbesola made these statements on Tuesday while delivering the keynote address “Achieving Free, Fair, and Credible Elections” at the 7th International Conference of the Professional Statisticians Society of Nigeria (PSSN) at Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
“I propose a more seamless registration system that will be continuous and conclude a few weeks before the election, allowing sufficient time for compilation and printing of voter cards. This registration process should be synchronized with the National Identification Number (NIN).
Doing so would automatically eliminate underage voters and the possibility of multiple registrations. Moreover, individuals should be able to complete the registration online, independently, similar to most application procedures today. They should only visit the INEC office for biometric data capture and collection of their voter cards.
“The second aspect of the electoral process is the demarcation of voting constituencies and polling units. This should be based on population. There is often chaos on election day as voters frantically search for their designated polling units. To avoid this confusion, a notification system or personal checks should be implemented,” he stated.
The former governor of Osun also advised INEC to provide training to political parties regarding their specific roles in elections and ensure the efficient and smooth distribution of electoral materials.