The immediate-past Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to link its voters’ register with the National Identity Management Commission database to forestall the challenges of credibility and transparency in the country’s electoral process.

The ex-Osun State governor made the call on Tuesday while presenting the lead paper titled “Towards Free, Fair and Credible Elections,” at the 7th International Conference of the Professional Statisticians Society of Nigeria held at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State.

A statement by his media office, obtained in Osogbo, quoted Aregbesola as saying that the proposition would automatically end underage voting and multiple registrations.

He said, “I am suggesting a more seamless registration system that will be continuous and terminates only a few weeks before the election, to allow for compilation and printing of cards. This registration should be synced with the National Identification Number.
“It will automatically eliminate underage voters and the possibility of multiple registrations. More importantly, people should be able to do the registration online, on their own, just like most application processes we have today. They should only go to the INEC office for biometric data capture and card collection only.”

Aregbesola advocated proper training for INEC officials and party agents, saying, “It appears for the most part that agents of the political parties don’t know what to do on election day and at the polling units. INEC should endeavour to train them on what specific roles they will play in elections.

“Fourthly, the logistics should be smooth and seamless. In many instances, voting officials will arrive late or without the materials or the machines may malfunction. Elections should start and end on schedule. Many voters are eventually disenfranchised due to late commencement of voting,” he said

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