The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed a new device to use in the continuous voters’ registration exercise that commences Monday, 28th June.
Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu on the unveiling of the equipment at Abuja says the name of the new machine is INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED).
“We are now ready to resume the CVR on Monday next week. We have acquired all the equipment for the exercise, updated our registration software and planned for the deployment of 5,346 staff to the 2,673 registration centres nationwide,” Prof. Yakubu said.
According to the INEC boss, the device will replace the laptop based on Direct Data Capture Machine that are used by the Commission before.
“Among the equipment for the exercise is a new registration machine called the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED).
“This device is built around the concept of a Tablet computer and will replace the lap-top based old Direct Data Capture Machine (DDCM),” he said.
He also disclosed the commission’s plan to deploy 5,346 staff to the 2,673 registration centres nationwide.
How the IVED operates
Prof. Yakubu says the new machine is similar to a tablet plus more effective than the Direct Data Capture Machine (DDCM) in usage for about 10 years.
“I am glad to say that our engineers designed the IVED in-house before it was fabricated abroad.
“It is more mobile and efficient than the DDCM and could also be deployed to other activities, particularly the accreditation of voters during elections,” Prof. Yakubu said.
Apart from registration of voters, the machine will serve other purposes most importantly, it can accredit voters during election.
He added that the commission engineers design the device to make it compatible with the Android Operating System and integrate it with online registration portal.
INEC to start Continuous Voters Registration (CRV)
The voters registration exercise will start on June 28 all over the country for citizens that wishes to register online.
However, INEC is yet to set date for citizens who wiahes to have physical registration.
CRV is open to all Nigerians within the age range of 18 years of and yet to register to vote before.
Prof. Yakubu says the registration is opened to any registered Voter with problems during accreditation.
This at previous elections, hence the commission will fix the anomalies.