By Joy Odor
The Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Voting Council (NDVC), Prince Ade Omole has met with the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu to compare notes on the ongoing National Assembly (NASS) Public Hearings on Nigeria Diaspora Voting (DV) and review the strategy to implement DV.
The Secretary, Nigeria Diaspora Voting Council (NDVC)Tolu Oluwatuyi Esq made this known in a press statement in Abuja.
Prince Omole who was accompanied by two NDVC board members, Dr. Badeji Lee and Professor Ali Alao, briefed the INEC Chairman on the public hearings attended across the country and the feedback received so far from stakeholders in each state.
He thanked the electoral umpire boss for the agency’s support and guidance, especially with the drafting of the Diaspora Voting bill.
Prince Omole urged INEC to be steadfast, realising that they are partners in progress, with a common commitment to Diaspora Voting in Nigeria.
Responding, Professor Yakubu stated that INEC is ready to deploy its resources to DV as soon as the constitution is amended to give the agency the legal framework to commence required tasks.
The INEC Chairman stressed that INEC has the capacity and expertise to execute the DV mandate when the constitutional barrier is removed by the legislature.
The duo agreed to work together more closely to strengthen the synergy for the benefit of Nigerians in the Diaspora.
They expressed satisfaction with the ongoing NASS exercise and reiterated their commitments to ensuring that DV becomes a reality in Nigeria.