Decentralisation of voting unconstitutional – INEC



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said the call by Nigerians for decentralisation of voting was unconstitutional.

Mrs Ndidi Okafor, Deputy Director, Public Relations, INEC, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said that it was not possible to register in one place and vote in another.

Okafor said that the law establishing the commission did not give it the power to allow decentralisation of voting, adding that it would be illegal to embark on such idea.

“It is a legal matter; it has nothing to do with the internal administration of the commission. The Electoral Act says vote where you register.

“So, you must endeavour to ensure that where you register is where you have to vote because on Election Day, movement is restricted and that is why the law says `go and vote where you registered’.

“As long as that law remains and has not been amended,…

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