Nigerians displaced by violence, particularly in the North East, will not be denied their right to vote in next year’s elections, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The commission yesterday announced the setting up of a task force on how to get such internally displaced persons (IDPs) to vote in the elections.
The task force of 10 is headed by INEC National Commissioner, Mrs. Thelma Iremiren.
Other members include the Director, Electoral Operations, Mr. Kayode Oladimeji; Ag. Director, Legal Services, Mr. Ibrahim Bawa; Director, Voter Registry, Engr. Emmanuel Akem; Chief Technical Adviser to the Chairman, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu; and Special Assistant to the Chairman, Prof. Mohammed Kuna; the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Borno State, Prof. Tukur Sa’ad; his counterpart in Adamawa State, Mr.Kassim Gaidam; the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Yobe State, Mallam Sadiq Abubakar Musa; and Director, Planning and Monitoring, Barrister Okechukwu Ndeche, who will double as the Secretary of the task force.
The task force is mandated to examine the legal, political, security and administrative challenges in achieving IDP voting during the 2015 general election; evaluate the standards and recommendations emerging from conferences and workshops by international and local agencies on IDP voting, and determine their applicability to Nigeria for the 2015 general election.
It is also expected to review the experiences of other jurisdictions in dealing with the challenges of IDP voting; evaluate the adequacy of existing electoral legal framework for resolving the challenges of IDP voting in the 2015 general election; determine what the Commission can do to ensure that IDPs are not disenfranchised if the existing legal framework is inadequate; determine the scope of IDP participation that is practicable in the 2015 general election.
The task force has seven days beginning from Monday, December 22nd, 2014 to deliver.
Source: The Nation