The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), today said it has taken delivery of over 20 million permanent voter’s cards for 2015 general elections in the country.
Gabriel Ada, the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), in charge of Akwa Ibom, disclosed this in Uyo at a stakeholders meeting organised by the INEC.
According to him, the voters’ card would help to phase out the temporary voters card in the system.
He explained that the features 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.
He argued that the initiative would help to sort the problems irregularities in the electoral system and also check unhealthy activities of desperate politicians during elections.
Ada further hinted that the Commission had restructured the its system to enhance its operations saying over 6,000 field officers had been employed to help institutionalise core values in the electoral body .
Meanwhile, the Head of Department, Electoral Operation INEC,Michael Odey in his own paper entitled, “the concept of Constituency Delimitation, at the meeting said the commission had concluded arrangement to commence delimitation of constituencies in the country.