A call has been made to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to know the exact number of inmates in Nigerian prisons.
According to the President of Women Arise for Change Initiative, Joe Okei-Odumakin, the credibility of the elections would be doubtful without accurate data about prisoners.
These suggestions follow the announcement by INEC on October 24 that it was making arrangements with the Nigeria Prisons Service to ensure that prisoners would vote in the 2019 general elections.
Okei-Odumakin said: “While it is a noble initiative considering that the prisons are not public places, monitoring the credibility of elections in such places may be a difficult task.’’
She advised the Commission to support advocacies for prison decongestion and inmates’ welfare.