Ahead of 2023 general elections, The independent national electoral commission(INEC) on Thursday has finally unveiled online portal for voter registration.
Voters registration exercise in the country has been modernised with an introduction of an online portal.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Commission disclosed this in a statement while addressing News Reporters.
Eligible Nigerians are expected to access the portal and provide relevant details before moving on to complete the registration at designated physical centres.
The portal will be accessible to the public on Monday, June 28, when the online registration is scheduled to commence
According to Yakubu, He asked willing voters to register by providing relevant details before booking an appointment to visit the commission’s office.
Yakubu disclosed that as a result of security challenges in some parts of the country, the commission decided to start the registration online before it commences fully at all the 2,673 registration centres nationwide.
In his statement, he said; “In addition, those who are already registered as voters can carry out all the other activities such as transfers, correction of personal details and replacement of damaged or defaced PVCs online,” he said.
“We hope that through this portal, we shall reduce overcrowding at our registration centres, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, make the registration processes generally easier, thereby giving Nigerians a pleasant electoral experience.
“However, I must quickly reiterate that the online registration is a public service and therefore free of charge. There is no INEC-approved cybercafe, no online registration centre and no scratch card to be purchased for the exercise. All you need is a device, including your mobile phones, that can connect to the internet.”
A brief statement on the electoral body’s official Facebook page indicates that the portal, http://www.cvr.inecnigeria.org/, will go live on Monday, June 28, when the online registration is scheduled to commence.
INEC VOTER REGISTRATION: How to register in simple steps.
Below are the steps involved in voter registration as compiled by DAILY GIST;
1. Prospective registrants are to go online to perform a pre-registration using the URL: https://cvr.inec.gov.ng or https://cvr.inecnigeria.org
2. Registrant shall first create an account on the portal using a valid email address to enable him/her to commence the pre-registration process.
3. Upon creating the account, an account activation link will be sent to the email address provided during account registration
4. Click on the provided link to activate and continue with your pre-registration
5. Each registrant shall fill an online form with the relevant and necessary information
6. After filling the form, the registrant shall select a convenient date and time when he would want to visit the registration centre for biometric capture to complete his/her registration.
7. The registrant shall click on the submit button to complete his/her pre-registration, and after a successful submission, an Application Slip containing his/her Application ID, a QR code and relevant details will be generated
8. Print your Application Slip, which contains an application number, QR Code, and other details
9. Visit an INEC registration centre on the scheduled date of appointment with the printed application slip for biometric capture
10. A Registration slip will be issued to you after the successful completion of your registration to be used to collect your Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC)
Also, those who are already registered as voters can also carry out all the other activities such as transfers, correction of personal details and replacement of damaged or defaced PVCs online.
As Nigeria battles the COVID-19 pandemic, INEC said it hopes the portal will reduce overcrowding at the registration centres and make the registration processes generally easier, thereby giving Nigerians a pleasant electoral experience.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS FREE.
The online portal, according to INEC, is a public service and therefore free of charge.
All that is needed is a mobile device that can connect to the internet. Professor Mahmood added that INEC has acquired all the equipment for the voter registration and has also planned for the deployment of 5,346 staff to the registration centres.
Among the equipment he mentioned is a new registration machine called the INEC voter enrolment device (IVED) which will replace the laptop-based old direct data capture machine (DDCM).