Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN), has urged the Nationwide Meeting to fast-track laws that will allow Nigerians within the Diaspora to vote within the 2023 common elections.
Moghalu mentioned permitting Nigerians within the diaspora to vote would give them a better sense of belonging.
The 2019 Presidential candidate of the Younger Progressive Celebration (YPP) disclosed this in a press release issued in Lagos on Thursday.
In line with him, Nigerians should have the flexibility to vote from overseas, as was the case in Ghana and plenty of different international locations.
He defined that fast-tracking the constitutional overview to accommodate diaspora voting now would give INEC sufficient time to fine-tune the method.
Moghalu mentioned, “Nigerians dwelling and incomes their dwelling overseas will not be against the law. It’s their proper. Their citizenship shouldn’t be denigrated due to the place they stay.
“Each nation has a diaspora, some at leisure (individuals who simply wish to stay in international lands), others by drive of circumstances (financial migration.”
He added, “2023 could seem far however is by the nook, particularly for INEC because it wants ample time to register and accommodate each eligible Nigerian dwelling overseas to be a part of the voting course of.
“If the Central Financial institution of Nigeria can woo diaspora remittances, we have to woo their votes too.”
Recall that INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, had final October urged the Nationwide Meeting to amend sections of the Structure and the Electoral Act (2010 as amended) to allow Nigerians overseas to vote.
2023 elections: Quick-track laws on Diaspora voting – Moghalu tells NASS