INEC says most of the IDPs who did not register in camps, but chose to stay with their relatives will also be voting at designated voting centres allocated for their local government areas.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that about 70,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) would be casting their votes in camps located within Maiduguri in Borno State.
The Borno state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Samuel Usman, said this on Friday, March 27, while addressing journalists on the agency’s preparation for the elections.
The commissioner said most of the IDPs who did not register in camps, but chose to stay with their relatives will also be voting at designated voting centres allocated for their local government areas.
“We have a total number of 1, 838, 514 registered voters in Borno state. And we have received 1,763, 860 PVCs, out of which 1, 417, 450 have been distributed, and we have over 18, 000 PVCs that has not been delivered to the state yet,” Usman said.
He further explained that; “out of the registered voters, a total of 70, 485 persons would be voting in the camps as IDPs that were displaced from 16 local government areas of Borno state.
"On the level of preparedness, all sensitive election materials were released to the state INEC by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) since Wednesday, March 25, and most of which has since been deployed to their various electoral areas within and outside the state capital.”
At least 16 of 27 local government areas in the state were displaced by Boko Haram terrorists from their communities. This forced residents to flee into the state capital. A large number of them are refugees outside the borders of Nigeria.