IDPs In Nigeria Will Be Allowed To Vote In 2019 – INEC

Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri (image courtesy NAN)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says only the Internally Displaced Persons within Nigeria’s borders will be eligible to vote in the 2019 elections.

The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this in an address he presented at the opening of the ongoing Election Security Management Workshop holding in Abuja, on Thursday.

He said this clarification became necessary in the light of speculations that Nigerian refugees in neighbouring countries will also take part.

According to him, IDP’s only exist within Nigeria’s borders because those who on account of conflict find themselves outside are referred to as refugees.

Yakubu said IDPs outside the country are not eligible to take part in the 2019 general elections because the constitution does not make provisions for diaspora voting.

He said “The decision of INEC for IDPs to vote in the 2019 election. This is only limited to IDPs in Nigeria. There is no diaspora voting.”

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