Nigeria’s age estimation technology for voting under scrutiny, but digital ID apps on the rise

A former senior official at the Nigerian Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Oluwole Uzi-Osaze, says the election management body is unable to use facial recognition technology to determine the ages of registered voters suspected of being about below the legal voting age in the country.

The former INEC voter education director spoke on local television in response to questions related to underage voting, which is common, especially in the northern states of Nigeria, Africa Press reports.

The official suggested that to address the problem of registered minors, INEC staff must be vigilant in identifying those who have not reached the legal voting age. He also lamented that in some communities parents bring their children with them for voter registration without any proof of identification, such as birth certificates, which puts a lot of pressure on INEC staff.

The issue of underage voting comes at a time when INEC published provisional voter lists for registrants to report any errors for correction before the final registration is drawn up ahead of the general election earlier this year. next year.

The Commission he was also sued in august to allow biometric authentication of voters without voter ID.

Kaduna State to improve well-being of poor children through digital ID

Officials in Nigeria’s Kaduna state say they are partnering with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide formal education for thousands of children in the Almajiri system, Ripples reports.

The Almajiri is an education system in northern Nigeria where male children between the ages of 4 and 12, mostly from low-income families, are taught Islamic knowledge, usually away from their parents.

Commenting on the news, State Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe said her association with UNICEF it will bring financial inclusion to children through a cash aid program, as well as promote the issuance of birth certificates and digital identification.

The lieutenant governor explained that the program would start with a cash distribution of 5,000 naira each (US$11) to 2,674 children, and would later increase the amount to 10,000 naira (US$22).

According to the report, funding for the program will mainly cover school fees and school meals.

Head of digital ID issuing authority invited to Accelerator program

Aliyu Aziz, CEO of NigeriaThe digital ID issuing authority, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), has been invited to become part of the Tony Blair InstituteTechnology Policy Accelerator Program.

A press release issued by NIMC notes that the inaugural Accelerator program is intended for a select group of African officials who are playing a crucial role in reinventing how states can harness the potential of technological innovation to spur socioeconomic development in the 21st century.

Aziz has been hailed for driving Nigerian Digital ID Programthat the country sees as an essential pillar of its economic growth.

He was appointed CEO of the NIMC in 2015 when Nigeria had just seven million people signed up for digital ID. He is credited with bringing the number to over 90 million in less than seven years.

In September, the Tony Blair Institute announced a Digital ID Strategic Communications Advisor position to work for Ethiopia’s digital ID program.

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age verification | biometrics | digital identification | elections | facial recognition | National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) | Nigeria

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