June 13, 2024

Yiaga Africa, an NGO advocating participatory democracy and civic engagement, has urged the abolition of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) as the sole means of voter identification during elections. Instead, they propose using other legally acceptable forms of ID like driver’s licenses, passports, and national identity cards, leveraging the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System’s biometric data. They also call for electoral reforms to strengthen the process and enhance INEC’s institutional independence by considering professional qualifications for appointments and creating separate commissions for political party regulation and electoral offenses prosecution. The NGO recommends addressing ambiguities and inadequacies in the electoral legal framework to improve voter registration’s integrity and accuracy.

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