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INEC denies operating polling units in Niger Republic

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu has dismissed reports that the electoral umpire is operating polling units in Niger Republic.

According to him, the Nigerian constitution does not allow the conduct of elections outside the country’s territory.

It was reported in some quarters that the commission as been registering voters in some parts of the neighbouring country.

A Facebook user, Uche Nwabuike, in a post, had accused INEC of operating some illegal registration centres outside Nigeria.

Reacting, the  Chief Press Secretary to Yakubu, Rotimi Oyekanmi, described such reports as baseless.

He made the denial at a Twitter space organised by The ICIR on Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) registration.

He said: “By virtue of the provisions of the Constitution, all elections must take place in Nigeria.

“And to that extent, we cannot register voters or conduct elections outside Nigeria.

“This is why Nigerians in the Diaspora cannot vote from abroad,” he said.

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