Lawmaker Seeks To Amend Electoral Act To Accommodate IDPs

November 20, 2014


By: Ibrahim Olalekan

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, representing Borno South, at the upper arm of the legislative chamber has proposed a bill to amend the Electoral Act to allow Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to participate in the 2015 general elections.

The bill aims to make provisions for the displaced people from Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, by establishing polling units where they will participate in the coming elections apart from their previous registration units.

It also seeks amendment of Section 42 of the Principal Act by inserting new Sub-clause 42 (2), which states that “the commission shall establish polling units for Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) in their respective camps nationwide.”

The bill, which scaled first reading in the Senate yesterday, will be cited as the Electoral Act, 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2014.