The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded arrangements for the introduction of permanent voters’ card to checkmate electoral malpractices in the country.
Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku, the INEC Commissioner for South-East, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Monday.
Nwuruku listed the malpractices to include multiple registrations and multiple voting, among others.
``These are some of the measures taken by INEC to stop electoral frauds. The permanent voters’ card is designed to capture the bio data of an eligible voter.
``INEC is putting things in order so that the vote of every eligible voter in Nigeria will count,’’ he said.
“The Electoral Institutes are being revitalised to properly educate the voters. If the voters are not educated, we cannot get it right. We are all voters from 18 years and above. If you are educated on your rights, you will get it right,” Nwuruku added.
He explained that the aim of introducing INEC clubs in schools was to help educate the pupils and students on the voting system and their rights.
The commissioner said that when such students attain the age of 18, they would now be fully prepared to exercise their franchise, adding that the commission would also introduce a system that would ensure continuous registration of voters.
To achieve the objective, he said many members of staff of the commission would be posted, on a permanent basis, to local governments areas for the purpose.
``You see the revision of voters’ list and registrations of new voters are, very important in our electoral system. All these are the modernisations that will help sustain the system,” Nwuruku said. (NAN)