The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said it would ensure that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) outside Nigeria vote in the 2019 general elections.
The commission said it had made special provisions including specially designed forms which would be deployed at the polling units of the affected communities.
The chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated these in Abuja during the stakeholders validation conference on the framework for IDPs voting jointly organised with the International Foundation for Electoral Support.
He assured that, “IDPs in the neighbouring countries of Niger and Chad who left their abode due to insurgency in the North East would not be denied their voting rights.
Reacting, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Adamu Kamale, who is representing Michika/Madagali federal constituency of Adamawa State said focus should be on IDPs that have already returned home.
Kamale stated that 97 percent of IDPs in the state have since returned to their homes stressing the need to guarantee their security to enable them to vote.
“I can confirm to you that 97 percent of IDPs in Adamawa have since returned home. But the only challenge they have is that of security. Their security needs to be guaranteed in order to enable them vote in the elections”, he said.
Kamale, therefore, urged INEC to commit to ensuring proper security in the North East so that the people will not be disenfranchised.
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