The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the National Identification Number (NIN) is not mandatory for voter registration.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the clarification to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, NAN reports.
Yakubu said that NIN was only a means of identification for registration as listed in the Electoral Act.
“I want to make this important clarification. NIN is not going to be made mandatory for voter registration.
“This is for a easy purpose that we are working on foundation of the regulation setting up INEC.
“Section 10 of the Electoral Act lists identifications to be supplied by means of potential registrants for the motive of voter registration to consists of birth certificate, country wide passport, national identification card.
“We cannot unmarried NIN out and make it obligatory. All the opposite requirements are of the law and we need to practice the law as it should be.
“If you have got your national ID card we can check in you on presentation of the card, but we can not make it a obligatory method of identity for the workout.
“Since the law, the electoral act does no longer make it mandatory, it’s far best one of the many way of identity required,” Yakubu stated.