Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), says it will push for the implementation of the rights of its members to vote in their countries of residence, in future elections.
The organisation’s Chairman, Board of Trustees, Mr Obed Monago, made the pledge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Thursday in Abuja.
“NIDO is in the forefront of pushing for the diaspora voting rights, just as we did for the NITCOM that was voted into law not long ago.
“We made the contact and we were advised on the way forward, and after this election we are going to fire enough cylinders to make sure it happens for the next election that, we have the right to vote.
“At the same time, we are working with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for registration, to capture the database for those in the diaspora.
“I just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in that respect, so we are seriously interested and it is going to happen.
“We hope that it is going to happen in the next electoral cycle that we will be in the position to vote in the diaspora, not coming here to vote.
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Similarly, Ms Teresa Edoja, Chapter Chairlady of NIDO Americas, urged the Federal Government and Independent National Electoral Commission to look into issues of voting rights for Nigerians in the diaspora.
“Some of our colleagues here and are registered to vote and they are here to vote.
“But, for some us who didn’t have the opportunity or don’t come home so often, and have been away from home, like I have been away from home for 34 years.
“So, to be home during this election process and not be able to vote actually is drawback for me.
“So, I am going to use this medium to buttress our point to say that it’s critical that Nigerians in the diaspora are given the opportunity to vote in the diaspora.
“There ought to be a process, just like it is done in other countries, absentee ballots, early voting and all that, so it works in other countries, it will work in Nigeria if we put an effort to it.’’(NNN)
Edited by Lydia Beshel