INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Thursday said it has taken delivery of 20 million permanent voter?s cards for 2015 general elections in the country.

Mr Gabriel Ada, the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), in charge of Akwa Ibom, disclosed this in Uyo at a stakeholders meeting organised by the Commission.

He said the voters? card would help to phase out the temporary voters card in the system.

The REC said the feature of the permanent voter?s card included a micro-chip with bio-data of every voter.

Other features, according to him, include a readable card which every registered voter would present at the polling unit before being allowed to vote.

Ada said the equipment was designed to record the total number of people that are accredited and the total votes cast at each polling unit during elections.

He said the initiative would help to fashion out irregularities in the system and also check unhealthy activities of desperate politicians during election.

The REC said that INEC had restructured the Commission to enhance its operations.

Ada said over 6,000 field officers have been employed to help institutionalise core values in the organisation.

The Head of Department, Electoral Operation INEC, Mr Michael Odey delivered a paper entitled, ?the concept of Constituency Delimitation, at the stakeholders meeting.

He said the commission has concluded arrangement to commence delimitation of constituencies in the country.

He called on the stakeholders to collaborate with the commission to enable it perform its obligations.


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