Nigerian Disapora Will Not Be Voting In The 2015 Elections In Nigeria - INEC

Speaking at a public hearing of the House of Representative Committee on Electoral Matters, the INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, said that voting by the Nigerian Diaspora should be allowed but it’s practically impossible for it to happen by next year as the commission does not have the capabilities to handle it next year.

 He recommended that the Electroal Act should be amended before the 2015 elections to allow for Diaspora voting in future elections. 

The INEC chairman said, “The issue of electronic voting should also be accommodated before the 2015 elections, but we cannot conduct elections electronically next year. It will be for future elections." He also recommended for an extension of the seven-day election to 21 days for a run-off election, saying “it is technically impossible to do a run-off in seven days.” 

Professor Jega also requested for an extension of the days to accommodate the transfer of voters, from the approved 45 to 60 days, despite the Electoral Act of 2010 providing 35 days. He also said that an amendment to Section 25 of the Electoral Act, 2010, which provides for by-election whenever there is vacancy in a position, would be appropriate so that all by-elections would be done twice every year instead of just once a year.

INEC also expressed support for the amendment to Section 29 (8) of the Electoral Act, 2010 for the deployment of Nigerian Armed Forces only for securing the delivery and distribution of election materials.

Source: ngex
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