Benue community gives INEC 21-day ultimatum to register 120,000 IDP voters | Dailytrust

Benue community gives INEC 21-day ultimatum to register 120,000 IDP voters

At least six communities in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State have threatened legal action against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) if it fails to register about 120,000 allegedly disenfranchised voters at Internally Displaced Persons (IPD) camps.

Daily Trust reports that the communities’ grievances were contained in a petition signed on their behalf by a former Commissioner for Lands and Survey in Benue State, Surv. John Tondu, which was made available to our correspondent in Makurdi on Monday.

“I write to you on behalf of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the following Council Wards in Guma Local Government Area: Uvir, Mbadwem, Mbabai, Mbayer-Yandev, Mbawa, and Nyiev.”

“These people were sacked from their homes by armed marauders and for a long time they have been living in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps (IDP Camps) in Benue State.

“I have the mandate of the aforesaid internally displaced persons and my people in general to bring to your immediate attention for necessary action, the fact that the IDP Camps in Benue state and their inhabitants are being completely shut out of our country’s political process because they are not part of the on-going continuous voters’ registration exercise,” the letter read.

Tondo argued that voting and being voted for are at the heart of democratic system of government and that in furtherance of these rights that the extant Electoral Act provides for continuous voters’ registration and constant updating of the Voters’ Register by INEC.

Dear Reader,
Every day, we work hard to provide readers such as you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information. Quality journalism costs money. Today, we're asking that you support us to do more. Your support means that Daily Trust can keep offering journalism to everyone in the world. Sign up for as little as N1,000 to become a member. Learn more about our membership here

Bank transfers can be made to:
Zenith Bank
Media Trust Ltd

Please send details of your bank transfer to the email or Whatsapp number below so that we can contact you.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Whatsapp: +234 806 990 3410