2019: INEC speaks on Nigerians within ‘Diaspora’ voting

The Independent Nationwide Electoral Commission (INEC) says you will have no Diaspora or Out-of-Country voting for Nigerians in the 2019 common elections.

INEC provided the clarification in a statement released by its National Commissioner plus Chairman, Information and Voter Education and learning Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, upon Thursday in Abuja.

Okoye said that INEC attention have been drawn to a report by a section of the particular media, which gave false impression the fact that Commission has “ made unique provisions for Internally Displaced Individuals (IDPs) outside Nigeria to election in the 2019 General Elections. ”

“ The Payment wishes to state unequivocally that there is going to be no Diaspora or Out-of-Country voting for any Nigerian, in accordance with extant procedures of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended).

“ Just duly registered IDPs within Nigeria will be allowed to vote.

“ The Framework and Rules for lDP Voting was provided and validated by stakeholders in a conference held in Abuja upon Dec. 12.

“ However , there was no reference in any way in the remarks made by INEC Chief Prof. Mahmood Yakubu or throughout deliberations at the validation meeting that will special provisions will be made for IDPs outside Nigeria to vote within the forthcoming general elections, contrary to the particular said media reports, ” he or she said.

He, nevertheless , added that IDPs would be permitted to vote in different states, NAN reviews.

“ It should, nevertheless , be noted that while IDPs presently residing in states where they authorized can vote in all elections, individuals displaced from their states and are presently Iiving in states other than exactly where they were registered can only vote within the Presidential Election, ” he additional.

He said that the particular framework validated by stakeholders on the conference is in consonance with the procedures of Section 26 (1) from the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2015.

The section according to Okoye provides that “ in the event of an urgent situation affecting an election, the Commission payment shall as far as possible ensure that people displaced as a result of emergency are not voiceless. ”

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