A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Badagry - Mr Lawrence
Obisakin, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, on Thursday called for
the establishment of offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) in some Nigeria’s foreign missions.
He said that foreign offices of the commission would address the agitation by
Nigerians living abroad to participate in the electoral processes at home.
Obisakin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Badagry that the Permanent
Voter Cards (PVCs) could also be used as identity for Nigerians in foreign
He said that the campaign organised by the Transformation Ambassadors of
Nigeria (TAN) in Cotonou recently indicated that it would be possible for
Nigerians living aboard to vote in future elections in the country.
"There are possibilities of Nigerians living abroad to vote in future
elections if the issue of voter registration and provision of electoral
materials are addressed.
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"Voting of Nigerians living aboard may not be hectic in the future if those
issues are address.
"Apart from voting, the PVC will help in developing the data base for the
country, because it will create a genuine identity for Nigerians,’’ the envoy
He said that the agitation of Nigerians in the Diaspora was genuine and that
INEC should look into it.
"It is extremely important that Nigerians in Diaspora should be able to vote
during the general elections, because it would allow them have a say in the election
of leadership back home,’’ Obisakin said.
He said that Nigeria was gradually attaining the global standard practices in
electoral processes in spite of hiccups.
"Nigeria has made a lot of progress and the truth of the matter is that it
can only get better.
"We will definitely reach the expected global standard practices in
election and we will surpass it," he noted.