Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said manual accreditation of voters will be considered should electronic card reader fail during the 2019 general election.
“However, where the biometric authentication fails, the voter will be required to thumbprint a box next to his/her picture on the register and to enter his/her mobile telephone number before proceeding to vote,” said INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu.
Yakubu, who spoke at a quarterly consultative meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) ahead of the elections in Abuja, said card readers during accreditation will be used to confirm, verify and authenticate the voter.
“On this note, let me re-emphasise the Commission’s policy that the Smart Card Readers will be used for the 2019 General Elections for accreditation of voters. It shall be used to confirm that the permanent voters’ card (PVC) is genuine and issued by INEC,” Yakubu said. Read more