Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram to ‘vote’ in 2015 — INEC

Former INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega

The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, said on Wednesday that it planned to make provisions for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, to cast their votes in the 2015 general polls.

Tukur Sa’ad, the Borno Resident Electoral Commissioner, said this during a visit to the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Garbai in Maiduguri.

Mr. Sa’ad, however, said that the commission was yet to work out modalities for the IDPs to vote.

He said that the INEC had slated Nov. 28 for the commencement of distribution of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, in Borno.

Mr. Sa’ad explained that the exercise would hold in 12 out of the 27 local government areas of the state due to the current security challenges.

“The issuance of PVCs to registered voters will take place in only 12 LGAs considered to be relatively safe in Borno.

“The exercise will last for six days,” he said.

Mr. Sa’ad said that the number of registered voters in the 12 LGAs represented about 52 percent of total number of voters registered in the state in 2010.

“The PVCs will be issued based on the temporary voters’ cards issued at the nationwide voters registration in 2010.

“PVC is like an ATM card that will not allow an individual to vote more than once in an election,” he said.

Mr. Sa’ad said INEC would conduct Continuous Voter Registration at ward levels for individuals who had attained voting age after the distribution.

He solicited for the support of the royal father for the success of the exercise.

In his remarks, Shehu Garbai thanked the commissioner for the visit.

He expressed joy that INEC was making effort to hold election in the state in spite of the current security challenges.

Garbai advised INEC to make use of qualified staff for the conduct of the 2015 General Polls for credibility.



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  • MushinSpeaks

    Nobody should be disenfranchised in the 2015 general elections. Our vote is our power and tool to vote out insensitive government and bring in the change we truly want.

    • Otile

      Northern people are always looking for a way to cheat on votes and population count. I hope they will not enter into Cameroonian territories counting everybody they see in favor of Islamic APC. We don’t want them to count cows and Cameroonians at all.

      • MushinSpeaks

        If APC is Islamic, why then do we have Chief Oyegun as Chairman?

        • Otile

          Olori Oyegun is only there for show. They are just using him to show that Islamic APC is all-inclusive, welcomes Christians and pagans when it comes to voting for them. I am sure in the end Chief Oyegun is going to vote for President Jonathan.

  • Mr. Abdin


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  • The truth will set you free

    Mr Pius
    You do know that this is good for Nigeria right? I am very happy about this development, means that going forward the thieves that out together the details of the budget will at least try more creative ways of stealing than what they did in 2016 budget.
    Another point that may have been missed is that with the zero budget approach, once the budget is passed by the NA, no money actually goes to the ministry, all monies go to the Presidency, then all the MDAs have to defend each allocation before release
    Nigeria is improving finally, I hope this continues

  • The truth will set you free

    this is now a game of cat and mouse with corruption. From my understanding this is how the Budget is developed

    1/ The Ministry of Finance, provides the true figure of what we can actually fund and then a decision is made on the total budget available, which is then allocated i.e. headline figure to each MDAs by the Presidency, the figure is arrived at by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, they estimate this from analysis of spend from previous years and projected requirements for the coming year in line with Government policies and plans, allowing for inflation. The document is probably on 10 pages long

    2/ The MDAs in turn break down their budget to smaller allocation to units within their own organization, in line with their priorities and Government policies and plans

    3/ The individual units take this figure, they now detail what how they are going to spend the allocation for that year such as salary, entitlements, CAPEX and OPEX.

    4/ All the details are sent back to the Budget and National Planning ministry for collation, they are supposed to review, correct and clarify any issue with each MDA, they also work with Ministry of Finance on how the budget will be funded, they also liaise with the members of the Presidency. the document is now over 1000 pages

    5/ The President submits this detailed budget, which hasn’t exceeded the total figure that was approved. It can only be higher through approval by the Presidency.

    6/ The NA review, interview MDAs. they will then either amend and approve or reject or approve with modification (this option is highly unlikely)

    7/ Because of the new zero budget approach, the approved budget funds goes directly to the Presidency (TSA). No MDA gets their allocation directly, now they will have to defend each spend before they collect the money

    Finally now that the budget is out for public consumption, their is reduced chance of foul play by civil servants, ministers, special advisers etc, going on noticed.

  • OmoLasgidi

    Can someone help me understand what the role and responsibility of the Minister for Budget and Planning was in this saga. Sorry o, although the buck stops on Buhari’s table, the Minister should have done due diligence, and in the absence of that, he should have resigned, and rolled a few heads in his Ministry!