Published on Jun 21, 2016 Greenbarge Reporters
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been put on the fast lane to introduce what has been called ‘Out of Country Voting” into its electoral process to avoid disenfranchisement of qualified Nigerians abroad.
This was one of the many recommendations made by Operations and Logistics Officers of the Commission following a one-week workshop and brainstorming at the Westown Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos. The workshop had its theme as “Developing Effective Electoral Operations.”
The Commission said that the Out of Country Voting should be predicated on the creation of a data base for Nigerians in Diaspora, provision of a legal framework, eligible criteria, a logistics framework, conduct of pilot schemes and the acquisition of necessary platforms and gadgets for its implementation.
It said that since procurement and timeous deployment of election materials are crucial to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections, some sections of the Electoral Act such as Section 78 should be amended to further extend from six (6) months to two hundred and forty (240) days to facilitate production of ballot papers and procure other materials necessary for the conduct of elections. Towards this end, the Commission should begin procurement of materials for the 2019 General Elections in 2017.
Other recommendations were that the Commission should also embark on general renovation, upgrade and expansion of existing stores. It should further, in addition to existing zonal stores, construct stores in all the states to facilitate seamless, and timely deployment of election materials across the country.
These were some of the many recommendations made by Operations and Logistics Officers of the Commission following a one-week workshop and brainstorming at the Westown Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos. The workshop which theme was “Developing Effective Electoral Operations” also recommended as follows:
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