Former Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to link voters’ register with the database of the National Identification Number (NIN).
The ex-minister said this will automatically bring an end to the era of underage voting and multiple registrations.
Aregbesola maintained that the transparency of the electoral process is vital to the sustainability of a nation, saying that appropriate statistics are key to the entrenchment of accountability; the first step to achieving development.
A statement by his media office in Osogbo stated that Aregbesola advised 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 (PSSN), held at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State.
“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 (NIN),” he stated.