Saturday, January 15, 2011

Voter registration day is here and Nigerians have taken to their closest center to get their names on the registration list. The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) has provided a map which highlights the various centers across the entire country.

Unfortunately, I am having some trouble using the INEC interface. I am instead using one provided by Their Voter Registration interface allows you to click on a state, pick a local government area and then narrow down by towns/cities and furthermore by neighborhoods/streets etc. A quick check shows that the site has information for almost every state except for Abuja (FCT). Please check it out at

If you are using your phone to access the internet and are having trouble finding your center, please contact me at solomonsydelle (at) gmail (dot) com or via my Twitter handle - or at my Facebook page - If I can't find the information, you need, I'll pass you on to someone else that can as currently, there is a collaborative effort going on. For those with stable internet access, please find the nearest center for your family members and friends, and encourage them to register over the next 2 weeks.

There are reports that certain centers opened late or opened with no furniture and no needed devices. That, however, should not discourage people from showing up to register either today or over the next 2 weeks as the voter registration drive ends on January 29th. It is not necessary to take identification as the new register will be biometric in nature. Thus, the only identification you need is your finger print. To use the biometric scanner properly, @4eyedmonk has advised the following:

  1. DON'T operate in direct sunlight; 
  2. Tap finger, DON'T hold on scanner for long; and 
  3. ENSURE scanner is green to guarantee that your biometrics have been properly captured

To get more information about the voter registration exercise, please watch one of the videos in the Nigerian Voter Registration Videos post.

This post will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Hattip to @rmajayi for sharing the link.

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