More than 15,000 disenfranchised IDPs protest against Jega, INEC

By Post Nigeria March 30, 2015 11:25

More than 15,000 disenfranchised  IDPs protest against Jega, INEC

More than 15,000 Internally Displaced persons, IDPs, in Assakio ward in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, embarked on a mass protest against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, following refusal of the Commission to create a special centre for them.

Assakio ward a reliant of Eggons and Tivs, claimed that their wards were destroyed in the southern zone of the state after the crisis between Eggons and Fulanis.

The leader of the Eggon youths in Assakio, Mr. Attah Isuah, while speaking to journalists during the protest, said they had written a complaint letter to INEC and copied relevant security agencies to allow them cast their votes at the centers where they collected their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs.

According to him, the Commission did not pay attention to their plea as no fewer than 15,000 of them where disenfranchised on Saturday’s polls.

He explained that the study of the security situation in the area where INEC distributed its materials on Saturday about three weeks ago, witnessed the death of three of their members which informed their resolve on casting their votes at a special designated centre in Lafia.

He elucidated that their grievance was that, despite their appeal to the commission to create special centers for them to vote, INEC went ahead to distribute voting materials in the same wards without providing adequate security.

Isuah, used the medium to appeal to the INEC umpire, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to look into their plight and give them the opportunity to exercise their constitutional right.