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Nigeria age estimation technology for voting under scrutiny, but digital ID applications grow

Oluwole Uzi-Osaze, a former top officer of the Nigeria Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), asserts that the election administration body cannot utilize facial recognition technology to identify the ages of registered voters suspected of being below the country’s minimum voting age.Information Guide Nigeria

Africa Press claims that the former director of voter education at INEC was speaking on a local television station in response to queries about underage voting, which is prevalent in Nigeria’s northern states.

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The official stated that in order to combat the issue of minor registrations, INEC officials must be vigilant in identifying individuals who have not yet reached the legal voting age.NYSC portal

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Additionally, he bemoaned the fact that in certain places, parents bring their children for voter registration without any form of identification, such as a birth certificate, putting a great deal of strain on INEC staff.

The issue of voting by minors arises at a time when INEC has published provisional voter lists allowing registrants to report any errors for repair before the final voter register is compiled in advance of general elections early the following year.

In August, the Commission was also sued to permit biometric authentication of voters without voter identification.JAMB Result

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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