|Nigeria not ripe for Diaspora voting, says Senate|
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Andy Uba, yesterday said the hope of Nigerians abroad participating in elections in Nigeria would have to wait due to consular problems.
Uba told reporters after submitting the committee's sessional report to the Senate that there was the problem of data availability at the Nigerian embassies abroad.
He said embassies do not have complete records of Nigerians living in some foreign countries, describing the development as a major obstacle in reaching a conclusion on the matter.
Uba said: "Right now there are no records of Nigerians in the embassies. Most of them arrive there illegally and this is a problem. We are trying to ensure that we get all the records of Nigerians living abroad. It is then we can begin to consider it."
He also noted that the committee was investigating an allegation of a breach of the Federal Character principle at INEC, saying that his committee would ensure that the problem was corrected if found to be true.
On e-voting, the senator said that it was still under consideration and would be approved at the appropriate time.
Uba said that the committee would ensure the amendment of the Electoral Act to make future elections free, fair and acceptable.
He said the committee had informed INEC of the need to do continuous registration of voters and ensure that the lapses witnessed during the Edo election were corrected.
The Chairman of the Senator Committee on Women Affairs and Youth Development, Mrs. Helen Esuene, said a Bill was under consideration to deal with issues of domestic violence and rape.
Senator Esuene said the law when enacted, would provide that cases of domestic violence and rape be heard in a closed court, allowing the counsel, the victims, witnesses and family members.
She said it was the only way people who would ordinary fear stigmatisation would come forward to make their cases known.
Esuene said: "A woman who was battered by her husband would naturally come out to complain that she was beaten by her husband, but a man beaten up by his wife, may not find it easy to come forward to do that.
"Victims of rape should also be protected. They will not like to speak out because of the stigma.
So, a closed court will encourage them to come forward and the problems would be dealt with."
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