Insecurity: Elections may not hold in 270 polling units in Niger — INEC

The Independent  National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday warned voters from 270 polling units displaced from their homes by bandits in Niger State might not be able to vote in the forthcoming general elections.

 

Available information has it that 14 out of the 25 local government areas, LGAs, of the state have been taken over by bandits and residents are presently scattered in different IDP Camps across the state.

 

Most affected local government areas are Shiroro, Munya, Mariga and Rafi.The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Niger State, Prof Sam Egwu who made this known during a stakeholders meeting with Political Parties, Security Agents and other Political stakeholders, him,” the Internally Displaced Persons in the 14 Local Government Areas of the state may have the opportunity to vote in the IDP camps only if security situation in the state improves before 2023 general elections.”

“The no go areas due to insecurity for now are in Shiroro,Rafi, Mariga, and parts of Munya Local Government Areas and INEC already has a policy for IDP voting but we are calling for support and cooperation from political parties and other stakeholders to achieve the results.


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