The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, June 28, began the online voter registration via its registration portal. According to the INEC National Commissioner, Mr. Festus Okoye,
- The INEC Voter Registration Portal will be deployed to enable people register online and thereafter go to their respective state or local government office of the commission to capture their biometrics and facials.
- Those that want to transfer their registration from one place to another can also make use of the online portal.
- Those that have prior issues of accreditation and with damaged or defaced PVC’s can also use the online portal to rectify the challenge.
As at Friday, 9th July 2021, the commission had received 84,004,084 online Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) applications in 176,846 polling units nationwide.
Who can register on the portal?
- Those who are 18 years and above, and have never registered.
- Registered voters who have had any problem during the accreditation for past elections, with either their Permanent Voters’ Cards or fingerprints not being read by the Smart Card Reader.
- Registered voters who want to transfer their voting location from one place to another.
- Registered voters who want to correct issues with their data, such as misspelt names, dates of birth, etc.
- Registered voters whose Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) are lost or damaged.”
Steps to register:
To get started with the CVR process which is expected to continue for at least one year.
1. Visit the INEC portal:
2. Create an account by either signing in with your Google or Facebook account, or filling the short form provided on the website.
When you’re done, you should see this:
3. Confirm your account. Sign in to your email and find the confirmation email you must have received. Click the link to verify your account, and it’ll redirect you to a success page.
Now you’re ready to register online for your PVC online.
4. Go back to the portal, log in and fill the online form with the required information.
The form also asks you to upload supporting documents. You can snap and upload a picture of your national identity card/slip.
5. Select a date for biometric capturing. After filling the form with accurate information, proceed to select a convenient date and time for your biometric capturing. This capturing will be done at an INEC centre. It is recommended that you choose a centre that is nearest to you.
6. Submit and print your application slip. Confirm that all your details are correct, submit, and print your application slip that contains your application number, QR Code, and other details. Make sure you keep the application slip somewhere safe.