The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the commission is working towards creating polling booths in prisons across the country to enable inmates cast their votes in the next general elections.
Yakubu made the disclosure in Abuja on Tuesday during a session with the Nigerian Civil Society Room Dialogue, a coalition of over 70 civil societies organisations across the country.
Though the INEC boss noted that not all the inmates will be allowed to participate in the exercise, he said the commission is already making arrangements with prisons authorities to ensure that those who meet the laid-down criteria were part of the 2019 elections.
“We have already engaged the Comptroller-General of Prisons and we have statistics on the number of prisoners nationwide and the number of inmates that are registered. We are looking at the possibility of creating polling units in the prisons and to enable some categories of prisoners to vote.
“Ghana does it but there are some categories of prisoners who by the nature of crimes committed lose the right to vote. Whatever we can do to open up the process to ensure that as much as possible Nigerians are given the opportunity to vote, will be done,” he said.
On the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State, Yakubu vowed that the commission would ensure everything within its powers to ensure that it is not inconclusive.
While making his remarks at the event, the Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, and Convener of Situation Room, Clement Nwankwo, said the event was designed to determine the level of preparedness of INEC for Anambra State governorship poll and get the updates on other elections.