2023 Elections: Politician Seek to Include Diaspora Voting in Nigeria’s Electoral Law

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Nigerian businessman and politician, Hon. Victor Ngomah said Nigeria has reached the age in which she can include diaspora voting in her electoral law; especially after independence.

Ngumah, CEO of Lumen Media International, a leading media, brand and event company, said Nigerians in the diaspora are important stakeholders in the country and should be allowed to exercise their privilege as enshrined in the constitution. The Nigerian National Assembly passed the amendment of the Elections Act into law that President Muhammadu Buhari eventually signed into law. The law, among other things, allows the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to transmit votes electronically from polling units.

Victor Ngomah, a native of Ezinihitte in Imo State who ran to represent the Ezinihitte Mbaise constituency in the Imo State Assembly in 2019 in a conversation with a press man over the weekend, said Nigeria is generating huge revenue from the diaspora and those citizens should be allowed to participate in the electoral guidance process as voters. He urged the 10th National Assembly expected to open next year to make it a priority to amend the electoral law to include expatriate voting; adding that it is a way to broaden the tentacles of Nigerians to decide their leaders at all levels.

 

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