The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu has announced that the commission would deploy 5,346 personnel to 2,673 registration centres nationwide for the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) slated to resume on June 28.
Professor Yakubu, who spoke today, June 21 at the presentation of INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED) and online registration portal for the exercise at a meeting with media executives in Abuja, said before now, the commission had 1,446 registration centres and registered 14.2 million voters between 2017 and 2018.
“Learning from the experience of what happened, we have now almost doubled the number of those centres.
“Our hope is that unlike 14.2 million we registered in the previous exercise, we are targeting a minimum of 20 million voters this time. It will take the number of registered voters to about 100 million.”
According to him, majority of the 5,346 personnel to be deployed for the registration will be INEC officials while ad-hoc staff will be used where the commission lacks the required number of personnel.
He said INEC is working with stakeholders on the security of personnel and equipment to be deployed for the exercise.
Professor Yakubu stressed that the design for both the online portal and IVED were done by INEC engineers, taking into consideration Nigeria’s peculiarity, including weather, for its durability.
.IVED is an Android tablet to be deployed in place of the existing Data Capturing Machine (DCM) used in previous exercises.