The Independent National Electoral Commission is planning to set up voting centres for over two million Internally Displaced Persons across the country.
The Chairman, Board of Survey and Technical Committee on Equipment Acquisition, INEC, Mohammed Haruna, confirmed to newsmenon Monday that the commission was working on setting up voting centres for the displaced persons to ensure that no one was disenfranchised in 2023.
Findings from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development indicate that many of the IDPs are living in Borno, Zamfara, Benue, Nasarawa and 23 other states.
The IDPs were displaced from their communities and ancestral lands by Boko Haram insurgents, armed herdsmen and bandits, natural disasters and other emergencies.
Haruna explained that with the spread of insecurity across the country, INEC would conduct elections in IDP camps where they still exist, but would adopt a different approach for the internally displaced persons living in communities.
Although the INEC official did not give the number of IDPs that will be affected, findings by newsmen indicate that about two million IDPs in camps and communities may fall into this category