The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has on Friday announced that the voters’ cards issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would not be substituted with the electronic national identification cards anytime soon.
This announcement was conveyed by the Head, Corporate Communications, NIMC, Chika Ogbonna.
The announcement came on the heels of reports making the round, which claimed that the Delta State Coordinator of the NIMC had stated that the national ID would replace the INEC issued voter cards in 2019.
Ogbonna, who said that the reporters quoted the state coordinator out of context, added that the electronic ID card issued by the NIMC had a number of applets built into it, which made it capable and available for use in up to 13 use cases and scenarios.
He said: “But at no time during the advocacy visit by our Delta State team to the royal father did the state coordinator announce that the eID card would replace the voter’s card presently issued and used for elections by INEC.”
“The state coordinator did not grant any press briefing or interviews during the visit, neither was she at the palace to make any announcement concerning any elections.”
“The visit was also to brief him on the collaboration between the NIMC and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to uniquely register and issue NIN to farmers in Delta State under the National Agricultural Payment Initiative.”
“The NIMC and INEC are both working harmoniously with other data-collecting agencies of government towards the aggregation of all citizens’ biometric data in order to achieve a single national database as directed recently by the President. Both commissions of government are in partnership now to that extent.”