INEC to recommend residency card initiative to FG

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The Acting Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Amina Zakari, has said that the commission will recommend the Residency Card Initiative of Ondo State government to the Federal Government for adoption by the commission.

The Residency Card Initiative, also known as Kaadi Igbeayo, is an initiative of the state government to capture the data of the residents of the state, including their bio-data, blood group, medical record and some other details of the holders.

Zakari, represented by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, during the inauguration of the project said, if adopted, the card would enable owners to vote in any part of the country without the risk of duplication of votes.

According to a statement on Friday by the state Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, the INEC boss also noted that it was interesting to note that the activities of the owner already stored on the card would automatically be detected if presented for verification in any other part of the state.

Also speaking, a former Statistician General of the Federation, Prof. Doyin Akinyosoye, commended the initiative, noting that if adopted at the national level, it would aid effective planning in the country and ensure equitable distribution of the nation’s wealth.

Dignitaries at the event included political activist and National Publicity Secretary of the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, and the Chairman of Globacom, Mike Adenuga Jnr., represented by Olushola Ajayi.

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