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Borno legislator advocates for electoral law changes

10 November 2014, 08:59Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, representing Borno South at the National Assembly, has called for the amendment of the electoral laws to allow displaced people in the Northeast to vote at the internally displaced camps they sought refuge in.

The lawmaker argued if the electoral act was not changed to allow the displaced persons vote at their camps, over 1 million persons displaced from the entire states of the Northeast might be disenfranchised.

He argued that if Nigerians in the Diaspora had been considered to participate during the election, it made sense that displaced persons were allowed to vote.

He said once the Senate resumed back plenary, he would put forward a bill to amend the Electoral Act so that the displaced persons could be allowed to vote at their new abode.

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The senator, whose hometown Gwoza is under occupation of the Boko Haram, said if the situation was not addressed, the insurgents might overrun the entire Northeast.

He insisted that the thought of political leadership in the country should be security of life and property and not election.

“The major problem of this country is not the 2015 general election that everybody is talking about everywhere but the security of the nation. I am always amazed when I hear people talking about election in 2015 not the condition or situation the internally displaced persons are in presently in Borno and other states of the north east," he said.

“Nobody is talking and showing much concern about it. This is the reason why I am mobilizing some of my colleagues to support the motion for the amendment of the electoral act to allow IDPs like me and others who are displaced and are now in Maiduguri, Yola, and other places to cast our votes wherever we are."

Comment could not be obtained from electoral authorities.

- CAJ News


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