Only registered IDPs in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe will vote – Jega

Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega
Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that only registered Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, within the troubled states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, will be allowed to vote in the February general elections.

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, made the disclosure on Tuesday morning at a workshop on Internally Displaced Persons and 2015 general elections.

However, Mr. Jega emphasised that IDPs that are no longer within Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states would not be given voting rights.

He said INEC would be setting up special centres for the IDPs to vote, as the least that could be done to allow for their participation, Mr. Jega said.

Mr. Jega also said that the special centres would be used for the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs to the IDPs.

But he said no centre would be created within the camps of IDPs.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, the officially registered number of conflict and disaster-induced IDPs stands at 868,235 in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

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