*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
INEC has stated reasons for replacement of DDCM with IVED.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) opted for a new registration machine known as INEC Voter Enrollment Device (IVED) instead of the Direct Data Capture Machine (DDCM) for the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) because it is more efficient.
*Mr. Mutiu Agboke while briefing journalist on the latest development.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo, Mr Mutiu Agboke, stated this on Wednesday, in Ibadan while briefing newsmen on the commencement of CVR nationwide.
According to Agboke IVED which is built around the concept of a tablet computer is more mobile that DDCM, which is laptop based machine.
He further said that IVED could also be deployed to other activities particularly the accreditation of voters during election.
Speaking on the CVR exercise which commenced on Monday, the REC said the commission decided to start the exercise with an online version and shall be followed by physical exercise on July 19, in all INEC local government offices nationwide.
He said the online exercise would reduce overcrowding at registration centres, especially in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and also important as a result of the prevailing security situation in the country.
He further disclosed that the exercise would be carried out continuously for a period of over one year, “thus providing enough time for the commission to reach all the nooks and crannies of the state”.
He maintained that no eligible Nigerian would be disenfranchised during election as a result of the online registration, reiterating that physical exercise would also take place.
Agboke explained that intending registrants could begin the process online through the dedicated portal – www.cvr.inecnigeria.org or www.cvr.inec.gov.ng
“By filling the form, uploading their pictures, required documents, then make an appointment on the web portal for a date to give their fingerprint and complete the registration” he said.
He urged Nigerians who are 18 years plus and those that have not registered during previous exercise to make use of the CVR to get registered