Pic.49. FCT Area Council at Bwari Area Council in Abuja

No eligible Nigerian will be left out of 2023 election: INEC

ABUJA, Nigeria (The Informant247) – No eligible Nigerian will be left out in the electoral processes leading to the forthcoming general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Tuesday.

Africa’s most populous nation faces a general election in which the main presidential contest is between ruling party candidate Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor and main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, who was vice president between 1999-2007.

“The idea is to ensure that no eligible Nigerian is left out of the electoral process on account of displacement, disability or other circumstances that may limit citizens’ participation in the electoral process,” INEC boss Mahmood Yakubu said.

He said that ahead of the 2015 general election, INEC introduced the idea of voting by IDPs which was revised and validated in 2018 for the 2019 general election.

Yakubu, stating the reasons for stakeholders’ engagement in the electoral process said, “First, is the increased number of IDPs as a result of widespread insecurity nationwide. Secondly, to incorporate not only the displaced citizens arising from armed conflicts but also natural emergencies such as flooding.”

Yakubu urged stakeholders to contribute to the discussion at the validation meeting to enrich the framework as well as the regulations for voting by IDPs, saying INEC looked forward to a robust collaboration with stakeholders for voter education and sensitisation for the IDPs.

Thousands of people have been killed and displaced by insurgents and armed groups in Northern Nigeria.

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