The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is collaborating with the National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to check out foreigners in participating in the nation’s subsequent elections.
According to INEC, the commission responsible for overseeing the nations election exercise, ”the collaboration will ensure that non- Nigerians were not captured in the country’s voters register.”
Mr Nick Dazang, INEC Deputy Director for Publicity and Voter Education, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja
According to him INEC is putting data together with NIMC to ensure that the objective is achieved.
“We also collaborate with the NIMC and the government has charge us, going forward, not only to collaborate but also put our data together; and INEC has the largest data base as at now,” Dazang said.
“INEC works with the Immigration Services who are professionals; their remit is in apprehending those who are non-Nigerians claiming to be Nigeria citizens to collect our Permanent Voters Cards(PVCs),” Dazang said.
He added noted that “before the 2015 general elections, there were a number of non-Nigerians who even succeeded in collecting their PVCs but the immigration services were able to detect and apprehend them.”
He said that INEC has been taking precautionary measures to ensure that only eligible Nigerians were captured during its Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) or issued Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
He further revealed that in addition to the collaborating agencies, eligible registrants were required to produce either a national identity card or international passport or any other means of identification during registration exercise.
Dazang added that INEC was also in collaboration with the National Population commission (NPC) in the delimitation of constituencies and creation of wards, among others.