Stella Dimoko INEC Says Prisoners Will Vote in 2019


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

INEC Says Prisoners Will Vote in 2019

The Independent National Electoral Commission says it is making arrangements with the Nigeria Prisons Service to ensure that prisoners are allowed to vote in the 2019 general elections.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this in Abuja on Tuesday at a dialogue session with the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue – a coalition of over 70 civil society organisations in Nigeria.

The development comes three years after a Federal High Court in Benin, Edo State, ruled that prisoners in Nigeria have the right to vote in all elections conducted in the country.

The INEC boss said the commission was looking at the possibility of creating polling units in Nigerian prisons to allow some categories of inmates to vote.

He, however, said certain categories of prisoners would not be allowed to vote depending on the nature of the crimes they committed.


  1. Nice move,although there are some but's of a criminal allowed to participate in an election, let's c how it plays out

  2. Akuko!!! They just want to use this means to rig d fortcoming election, nothing else.

  3. Just laughing who the likes of Evans will vote.

  4. anonymous to bahd25 October 2017 at 11:42

    😂😂😂 I wonder which party the high profile prisoners like former NSA will vote for!

  5. Ok. At least they also have human rights, hope our corrupt politicians won't win their votes with fake promises.

  6. Even the free have not been able to vote talk more of prisoners.

  7. Political parties go enter prison for campaign be that...

  8. @sandy yo my thoughts too.


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