Connect with us
ANE Scholarship
Categories:
X

News

Correctional service urges INEC to extend voting rights to inmates

Published

on

Correctional service urges INEC to extend voting rights to inmates
Share this post:

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) on Tuesday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend voting rights to inmates to allow them exercise their civic responsibilities as NIgerians.

The Controller General of the NCoS, Haliru Nababa made the appeal when he led management of the service on a visit to the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

Nababa, who was represented by Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) Daniel Odharo, said that the meeting with INEC was to work out the modalities for the inmates to vote in the 2023 elections in line with recent court ruling.

“The court recently gave a judgment in favour of inmates voting in elections.

“The modalities to meet the process needs to be worked out and so we need to be here to discuss with INEC to find out how this process can be achieved,” Nababa said.

On his part, INEC ChairmanProf. Mahmood Yakubu said that the commission was committed to inclusivity including the rights of inmates to vote during elections.

Yakubu cited Kenya and South Africa as two countries in Africa that had extended such rights to inmates,

He said while INEC had no issue against inmates voting in Nigeria, there were critical issues that must be considered, saying the Electoral Act 2022 spell out the criteria for registration as a voter include being free and not legally incapacitated.

“Let me start with the legal framework. Section 12(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 lists five qualifications for registration as a voter in Nigeria because you have to register as a voter before the right to exercise that right as a voter is conferred.

“Number one, the prospective registrant must be a Nigerian citizen. Number two, he or she must be 18 at least. Number three, he or she must originate, reside or work in the local government or ward covered by the registration center or the point of registration.

“Number four that citizen of Nigeria must present himself or herself to the registration officer for registration as a voter.

“Number five, which is really critical to our discussion today is that he or she must not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote under any law, rule, or regulation imposed in Nigeria.

“So this is one area that we need to discuss so that we know the categories of inmates that will exercise the right to vote .

“We need to work things out carefully. We want transparency of the process. Because everything that we do in the commission, particularly when it comes to the rights of citizens to vote, must be done transparently.”

Yakubu said that there certain questions that must be answered in considering the request such as will the inmates vote outside the prison or inside the prison?

“So are we going to set up polling units inside the prisons or there will be polling units outside the prisons?”

Yakubu said since the majority of inmates are awaiting trial, the Commission believes that some of them are already registered voters, while some are not registered.

“If they are registered voters, they can’t be registered. What they will do is transfer their registration. Will they transfer their registration to the correctional centers for that reason?

“Will political parties be allowed to campaign inside the correctional centers? This is a matter that we need to advise the commission.

“Will observers and the media be allowed access to the correctional centers on election day so that the process is really transparent?

“Will INEC officials be granted access to the correctional centers for voter education? This is a matter that we need to discuss?

“Will election holds in all 218 Federal Correctional centers currently holding inmates nationwide? Or there are some correctional centers where this process can start instead of over 218.

“We understand that some of the correctional centers are not holding inmates at present. So the process be allowed to cover all the 218 centers?

“So these are some of the issues that we need to carefully discuss and resolved before a decision is taken.

“But in principle, the commission is committed to ensuring that all Nigerians are given the right to vote and be voted for but in this particular case, the right to vote, which is exercisable under the law.

“ The sooner we are able to address these issues, the better for the process,” Yakubu said.

He said that while the critical thresholds for 2023 may not be met, the two agencies would continue with the discussion on what could happens beyond 2023.


Get More Stories Like This On: Facebook: @AllNaijaEntertainment, Twitter: @AllNaijaEntertainment

News3 hours ago

Segun Showunmi, Ogun PDP: “I will fight this struggle to the end”

News3 hours ago

Plateau PDP nominates former APC chairman as governorship campaign DG

Sports3 hours ago

Officials from Manchester United are in negotiations to sign Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid

Manchester United is teased by Atletico Madrid on their transfer request for Joao Felix
Sports3 hours ago

Manchester United is teased by Atletico Madrid on their transfer request for Joao Felix

Son Heung-min may have been the target of racial remarks when Tottenham and Chelsea drew at the weekend
Sports4 hours ago

Son Heung-min may have been the target of racial remarks when Tottenham and Chelsea drew at the weekend

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the richest man in Great Britain, expresses interest in purchasing Manchester United
Sports4 hours ago

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the richest man in Great Britain, expresses interest in purchasing Manchester United

Buhari
News4 hours ago

2023 Budget: Nigerian govt slams N8.52trn for staff salaries, others, Presidency gets N14.2bn

U20WWC: France joins the Falconets from Group C, breaking South Korea's heart.
Sports4 hours ago

U20WWC: France joins the Falconets from Group C, breaking South Korea’s heart.

Apple To Launch iPhone 14 On September 7
Technology4 hours ago

Apple To Launch iPhone 14 On September [See Date]

At London's Soultown Festival, lead performers included Gabrielle, Soul 2 Soul, and Heather Small
Entertainment5 hours ago

At London’s Soultown Festival, lead performers included Gabrielle, Soul 2 Soul, and Heather Small

British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe to buy Man United
Sports5 hours ago

British billionaire, Jim Ratcliffe to buy Man United

U-20 WWC: Super Falconets flogs Canada, to meet Netherlands in quarter-finals
Sports5 hours ago

U-20 WWC: Super Falconets flogs Canada, to meet Netherlands in quarter-finals

Electricity Power Plant
News5 hours ago

National Blackout: Electricity Workers Call Off Strike

Peter Obi Visit Femi Kuti After Threats From Obidients
News5 hours ago

Why I visited Femi Kuti – Peter Obi

House of Reps
News5 hours ago

Reps To Investigate Agric Ministry Over N18.6bn Spent To Clear Bush, Prepare Land

What fans should expect from sequel – "Squid Game" creator
Entertainment7 hours ago

What fans should expect from sequel – “Squid Game” creator

Buju BNXN engages in a near-free-for-all brawl with police officers
Entertainment8 hours ago

Buju has questions to answer, a police spokesman claims, after he boasted of spitting on an officer

Buju BNXN engages in a near-free-for-all brawl with police officers
Entertainment8 hours ago

Buju BNXN engages in a near-free-for-all brawl with police officers

Your daily horoscope for Monday, July 25, 2022
Horoscope8 hours ago

Your daily horoscope for Thursday, August 18, 2022

A robot designed by a snake-loving engineer to restore the reptile's legs
Technology16 hours ago

A robot designed by a snake-loving engineer to restore the reptile’s legs

Technology16 hours ago

WhatsApp is working on a feature that would allow you to retrieve deleted messages

Chaos as students drown while having fun on the Lagos beach
News17 hours ago

Chaos as students drown while having fun on the Lagos beach

News17 hours ago

Ngige convenes an emergency meeting with electricity employees during a blackout.

How Magu botched high-profile corruption cases while pursuing "Yahoo Boys"
News17 hours ago

How Magu botched high-profile corruption cases while pursuing “Yahoo Boys”

Snapchat enables parents to keep an eye on who their kids are messaging on the platform
Technology17 hours ago

Snapchat’s Paid Users Hit 1 Million

Daniel Amah
News17 hours ago

Nigeria Police Officer Rewarded For Rejecting $200,000 Bribe

Cristiano Ronaldo is pushing to leave Manchester United this summer
Sports17 hours ago

Police Caution Ronaldo Over Fan Phone Incident

Hope Uzodinma
News17 hours ago

Peter Obi no threat to APC in Imo – Hope Uzodinma

Peter Obi Visit Femi Kuti After Threats From Obidients
News18 hours ago

Peter Obi Visit Femi Kuti After Threats From Obidients [VIDEO]

Electricity Power Plant
News18 hours ago

Blackout Looms In Nigeria As Electricity Workers Begin Strike

APC
News18 hours ago

APC Fires Bauchi Youth Vanguard

Closed door meeting between Bola Tinubu and Olusegun Obasanjo
News19 hours ago

Closed door meeting between Bola Tinubu and Olusegun Obasanjo

Asisat Oshoala to battle 19 others for 2022 Ballon d'OrAward
Sports22 hours ago

Ballon d’Or nominees who are from Nigeria

La Liga teams rule out signing a Super Eagles forward valued at €30 million
Sports22 hours ago

La Liga teams rule out signing a Super Eagles forward valued at €30 million

Defender Udogie, Super Eagles-eligible defender describes his move to the Premier League as "A dream come true."
Sports22 hours ago

Defender Udogie, Super Eagles-eligible defender describes his move to the Premier League as “A dream come true.”

Cristiano Ronaldo is pushing to leave Manchester United this summer
Sports22 hours ago

Ronaldo slams the media and pledges to tell the “truth” regarding Manchester United’s future.

Beauty BBNaija
Entertainment1 day ago

BBNaija S7: Beauty apologizes to fans after speaking out about her disqualification

Nigerian singer, Peter Okoye tackles jobless youths who defend people that made them jobless
Entertainment1 day ago

Nigerian singer, Peter Okoye tackles jobless youths who defend people that made them jobless

Moses Armstrong was granted bail after rape allegations
Entertainment1 day ago

Moses Armstrong, the struggling actor, shouts out, “I did not rape anyone.”

Young, Famous & African on Netflix has been renewed for a second season
Entertainment1 day ago

Young, Famous & African on Netflix has been renewed for a second season

Barcelona Finally Register New Signing To La Liga, Lewandowski, Raphinha, Christensen and Kessie
Sports5 days ago

Barcelona Finally Register New Signing To La Liga, Lewandowski, Raphinha, Christensen and Kessie

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Complete Episodes)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Final Episode 14)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 12)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 02)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 11)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 10)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 06)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 08)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 01)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 13)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 03)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 07)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 04)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 05)

MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT Story by Adeyanju Faith _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] MY HOUSEMAID IS A MARINE SPIRIT (Episode 09)

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 01)

Darwin Nunez
Sports6 days ago

James Milner Reveals What Darwin Nunez Did To Liverpool’s Attack

DELILAH'S CURVE story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] DELILAH’S CURVE (Complete Episodes)

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Complete Episodes)

SADE'S HEART TALE
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] SADE’S HEART TALE (Episode 22)

SADE'S HEART TALE
ANE Stories6 days ago

[STORY] SADE’S HEART TALE (Episode 21)

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 06)

NLC
News4 days ago

NLC demands 50% increase in workers’ salaries

Your weekly tarot horoscope for July 24 to July 30 – and Jupiter going retrograde
Horoscope4 days ago

Your weekly tarot horoscope for August 14 to August 20 and Mars entering Gemini

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 04)

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 17)

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 07)

Soludo
News4 days ago

2023 Elections: Presidential Candidates To Pay ₦10 Million For Campaign Posters In Anambra

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 03)

DELILAH'S CURVE story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] DELILAH’S CURVE (Episode 01)

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Final Episode 20)

A 12-year-old Nigerian child accidently kills his mother in the United States
News7 days ago

A 12-year-old Nigerian child accidently kills his mother in the United States

Browser-powered desync: Black Hat USA presents a new class of HTTP request smuggling attacks
Technology6 days ago

Browser-powered desync: Black Hat USA presents a new class of HTTP request smuggling attacks

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 09)

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 11)

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 15)

DELILAH'S CURVE story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] DELILAH’S CURVE (Episode 04)

MY LANDLADY story _ AllNaijaEntertainment
ANE Stories4 days ago

[STORY] MY LANDLADY (Episode 08)

Images and videos from Mercy Chinwo's wedding ceremony
Entertainment5 days ago

Images and videos from Mercy Chinwo’s wedding ceremony

ANE's Billboard Hots



Join "ANE sabi" clique

Don't miss a thing, get ogbonge ANE latest updates to fuel your conversation daily.