Voting Rights of Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria’s 2015 General Eections

The study examines the extent to which Nigeria’s electoral body complied
with existing legal frameworks on Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP)
voting during the 2015 general elections. The existing legal frameworks in
question consist of two international frameworks which Nigeria adopted,
and two domestic frameworks. The United Nations Guiding Principles
on Internally Displaced Persons, and the African Union Convention for
the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa,
otherwise known as the Kampala Convention, are the two international
frameworks. The domestic legal frameworks include the 1999 Constitution
(as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). Data for the study was
generated through interviews with officials of the electoral body of Nigeria.
This was complemented by documentary evidence based on secondary
sources, including Nigeria’s election reports, the Electoral Act 2010, the 1999
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and other relevant materials.
Data were analysed using content analysis rooted in logical deduction. The
result of the data analysis shows that the handling of the voting rights of
IDPs in Nigeria’s 2015 general elections by the electoral body contravened
all the existing legal frameworks that guide IDP voting. The study therefore
recommends that a system of electronic voting should be introduced in Nigeria
to enable all eligible Nigerians, including IDPs, to vote in whichever part of
the country they are resident at the time of the election.

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Categories: Journal of African Elections
Tags: Adamawa State, Electoral Act 2010, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Internally Displaced People, Permanent Voters Cards
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