The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said yesterday in Abuja that it would soon start issuing permanent voters’ cards.
Prof. Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman, said distribution of the proposed voters’ cards would begin before the end of 2012.
He added that the objective was to improve the credibility and transparency of the electoral process in the country and that the proposed card was geared toward improving the use of technology in elections.
"As you know we did biometric data registration; before the end of this year, we will start issuing the permanent voters’ cards and these permanent voters’ cards that we are going to issue are chip-based, just like many of our own bank cards.
"So they carry all the information on a microchip which is embedded in the card of the voter.
"So what we believe we can achieve at the minimum by 2015, is that we can achieve 100 per cent authentication at the polling units."
"If a voter comes to the polling unit and brings out his or her card, we will be able to determine 100 per cent whether he is the legitimate holder of the card.
"So the issues of people using other people’s cards to go and vote; the issues of stealing cards or even buying cards will be squarely dealt with and that, we believe we can achieve, God willing by 2015,"Jega said.