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Thursday, December 13, 2018

INEC Reveals 15 States With IDP’s That Are Voting In 2019 Elections


 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced  that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are to vote in 15 states of the country in the 2019 general elections.
It was gathered that the circumstances that led to the displacement of people in 15 states is as a result of insurgency in the North East, farmers herders clashes in north central,  banditary in the North West and communal conflicts and environmental issues in the Southeast.
Meanwhile, reports that the number of displaced persons expected to vote at the IDPs camps in the 2019 general elections increased from the three Northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa to 15 states, cutting across North West, North Central and the Southeastern part of the country.
Out of the 15 states with IDPs that are to vote in the 2019 general elections, majority are from: Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Zamfara, Kaduna  Anambra, Ebonyi, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, Cross River, and Benue states.
INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu said no registered voter will be left out in the 2019 general elections.
Yakubu, said neither displacement nor disability would be a barrier for the Nigerian voters, added that it was worrisome that the commission has more displaced persons that will vote in 2019 than what happened in the 2015 general elections.
“We have 15 states with displaced persons that need to vote in the 2019 general elections,” Yakubu said adding that these electorates are not living in normal places as a result of the insurgency, farmers /herders.
The head of the INEC’s committee on IDPs’ voting, Prof Okechukwu Ibeanu said they activated an existing legal framework that was used by the commission in the 2015 general elections.
According to Ibeanu, the framework has been enhanced so that people can participate in the election at the IDPs’ camps.
He said INEC developed a skeleton plan in 2015 that helped the three North Eastern states IDPs to vote adding that the amendment to the Electoral Act that was signed into law helped immensely in giving credence to  IDPs’ voting.
Ibeanu said the amendment of section 26 (1) of the Electoral Act, helped the displaced persons’ voting right.
“It created an inclusive system,” Ibeanu said of the section 26 (1) of the Electoral Act which INEC pursued to ensure that IDPs vote in all the elections.
“We reviewed the 2015 framework and improved on it. It was not just a committee by INEC members alone, but included other stakeholders,” Ibeanu said of the framework for IDPs’ voting that was reviewed yesterday.

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