- INEC has said it has no plans for IDPs in Zamafara state
- The electoral body said the IDPs in the state do not have records
- However, the commission promised adequate security in places that have challenges
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not consider any Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Zamfara, saying they do not have records.
This was disclosed by the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Asmau Maikudi, at a press briefing in Gusau on Wednesday, February 13.
“We have no plans for any IDP camp in Zamfara State during the coming general elections because we have no record on the existence of any IDP camp.
“We have, however, in collaboration with security agencies made arrangements to provide adequate security to all areas with security challenges.
“It is a known fact that out of the 14 local government areas of the state, only Gummi and Bakura Local Government areas have less security challenges and we have the assurance from the security," she said.
Maikudi also explained that those who recently migrated to other areas due to security reasons may be chanced to vote in the presidential election because the smart card reader recognizes state and polling units.
She said: “Where there were serious security challenges, the electorate would be moved to a more secured environment close to them so that they could exercise their voting rights."
Maikudi said a total of 2,020 persons with disabilities had been registered and issued with their Permanent Voter Cards(PVCs), adding that 1,717,128 eligible voters were registered in the last registration exercise in the state.
She said over 50,000 unclaimed PVCs that were in the commission’s custody would be taken to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sokoto, for safe keeping until after the 2019 general elections.
The INEC REC reassured the stance of the commission for a free, fair, credible and acceptable election and urged all stakeholders to join hands with the commission in order to achieve it.
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Meanwhile, with few days left to the general election, an Igbo group, Odinala Cultural Heritage Foundation, has staged a protest against the INEC over what it described as an attempt by the commission to disenfranchise some voters.
Speaking on Wednesday, February 13, in Owerri, the group's national president, Chukwuma Orji, accused INEC of plotting disenfranchisement on over 20 million Igbo voters in the southeast region by denying them Permanent Voters Card (PVCs), Vanguard reports.
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