Mrs. Amina Zakari, Acting Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that the commission will recommend the Residency Card Initiative of Ondo State government to the Federal Government for adoption by the commission.
Zakari disclosed the development during the inauguration of the project where she was represented by Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).
She said if adopted, the card would enable owners to vote in any part of the country without the risk of duplication of votes.
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.
In a statement on Friday by Kayode Akinmade, the state Commissioner for Information, 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.
While also speaking at the event, Prof. Doyin Akinyosoye, a former Statistician General of the Federation, 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.
Also present at the event were notable dignitaries including Mr. Yinka Odumakin, political activist and National Publicity Secretary of the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, and Mr. Mike Adenuga Jnr, Chairman, Globacom, who was represented by Mr. Olushola Ajayi.
By Patrick Aigbokhan