- Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno state will vote in their camps during the forthcoming general elections
- According to INEC resident electoral commissioner, eight IDP camps representing different local governments have been identified
- About 2.3 million registered voters are said to have collected their Personal Voter’s Card ahead of the election
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, February 6, declared that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno state will vote in their camps during the forthcoming general elections.
The INEC resident electoral commissioner, Mohammed, Magaji Ibrahim, made this known during a round table with stakeholders on the elections organised by the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Maiduguri.
Daily Sun reports that Ibrahim stated that the commission had been holding discussion with the leadership of the IDPs and other stakeholders.
According to him, “The IDPs will vote at the camps. We’ve identified major IDPs camps, about eight of them representing different local governments. We are already discussing with them. We will finalise where they will have their elections."
He said about 2.3 million registered voters had collected their Personal Voter’s Card (PVCs). He urged those who have collected their PVCs to safeguard them as the commission would not issue any card until after the 2019 polls. “There is no room for a replacement,” he stressed.
He gave the names of camps where the IDPs will vote except Kala Balge which suffered more displacement due to recent attacked by Boko Haram. There are over 50 IDPs camps in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The leader of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Ahmed Shehu, appealed to the media to provide “neutral and formidable ground” for the participants in the poll.
He also urged the media to wait for the confirmation of results before making any announcement. The only true result should come from INEC and not an individual pushing it in the media.
Shehu tasked journalists to follow up promises made by politicians after elections to ensure they keep their promises.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission said those planning to buy votes would be shocked on election day as it has put in place measures to check the act.
INEC’s national commissioner and chairman for information and voter education, Festus Okoye, speaking on Sunday night, February 3, during an interactive session with the media, noted that commission would not disclose the fresh strategies it has adopted for the coming general elections.
“The other strategies we have designed will not be made known so that they will not go ahead of us,” Okoye said. The official disclosed that the commission would not collate and transmit the results of the elections electronically, saying such measure does not have a place in the nation’s electoral law.
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