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Confab okays voting rights for Diaspora Nigerian

By HENRY UMORU,JOSEPH ERUNKE & LEVINUS NWABUGHIOGU

ABUJATHE National Conference, yesterday, unanimously approved the recommendations of its Committee on Foreign Policy and Diaspora Matters that Nigerians living in Diaspora should start voting in future elections.

While considering the report of the committee, the conference equally approved the establishment of a Diaspora Commission to coordinate activities of Nigerians living abroad.

If this conference recommendation sails through, Nigerians living abroad would be allowed to vote during the conduct of 2015 general elections.

The committee was chaired by Professor Ibrahim Gambari and deputised by Ambassador Lawrence Ekpebu.

The committee observed that millions of Nigerians living abroad are currently unable to vote.

According to the provisions of Sections 13(1)(c) of the Electoral Act 2006 as amended and Sections 77(2) and 117(2) of the 1999 Constitution, only citizens present in Nigeria at the time of registration of voters can register to vote in any election.


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