2023: Why Nigerians In Diaspora Can’t Vote – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained the main reason Nigerians in the diaspora cannot vote during the upcoming general election.
INEC said the Nigerian law makes it impossible for such a category of citizens to vote in the nation’s elections.
Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC disclosed this while speaking at Chatham House in London, on Tuesday.
“Voting by those in the diaspora should be a settled issue. I support it but INEC doesn’t have the power to make it happen. They’re citizens and they must enjoy rights,” he said.
He also explained that INEC and some diasporans proposed to the national assembly that Nigerians abroad should be allowed to vote, but their proposal was rejected.
It would be recalled that in 2022, the electoral body urged the National Assembly to amend sections of the Constitution and the Electoral Act (2010 as amended) to make way for Nigerians living outside the country to participate in their country’s electoral process.
The commission said it believed that Nigerians living outside the country should have the right to vote because they are citizens who make considerable contributions to the economy through huge financial inflow to the country.
However, during his speech at Chatham House, Yakubu said the commission has promised Nigerians and friends of Nigerians that the 2023 general election would be free, fair, and credible.
He said the electoral body is satisfied with its preparations for the 2023 general elections, adding that they have left no stone unturned in preparing for the exercise.