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INEC Strategises To Protect IDPs’ Votes In Benue

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The Independent National Electoral  Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the commission has set up a committee in respect of IDPs voting, to developed a legal, logistics and operational  frame work on how to protect the IDPs votes to avoid molestation after elections.

The INEC resident commissioner, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda made this known during the visit of the national commissioner in charge of Anambra, Enugu and Benue States, Festus Okoye who was in Benue on a supervisory visit.

According to him, INEC is commitment to ensure that all the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) across eight camps in Benue participate in the forthcoming general elections.

Earlier, Okoye lamented the pathetic situation at the camps, noting that what he saw seems the conditions of the IDPs were even under reported.

“The IDPs are also Nigerians like us. They have the right to make their choice of who to represent them and their votes must count come 2019. So INEC has put every measure in place to ensure that none of them is disenfranchised.”

Okoye also  frowned on the multiple court orders after the primaries in some states of the federation, directing INEC to do one thing or another describing it as an abuse of court process even as he called on the judiciary to put an end to such occurrences.

According to him, INEC is going to be very creative and innovative as we approach 2019 general elections, the commission has enhanced the smart card reader for e-voting and  collation of results and will as well tracking all vehicles transporting sensitive election materials to various designations.

While lamenting on the poor attitudes of Nigerians towards  PVCs collection, Okoye informed that 14, 513, 82 fresh people were registered during the extension of voters registration, saying the campaign for PVCs collection will end in few days after which those yet to get their PVCs can go to their local government headquarters for onward collection.

He disclosed that the NYSC may be reluctant to release Corps members in some states with security issues, for the 2019 elections.

He explained that for the time being, INEC has no other alternative  of ad hoc staff that can be prudent like the Corps members.





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