Following recorded gains in Pollrite23 project, an electoral framework which was earlier developed to support the voting rights of inmates in Nigeria was validated in February 2022 by a team of experts drawn from diverse Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), such as, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ministry of Interior, Nigerian Correctional Service, National Orientation Agency (NOA), and others.
During the meeting Mr. Michael Anungwa a Technical Adviser to the Minister of Interior on Corrections, stated that 73% of inmates would be willing to vote should necessary procedures be in place. Representatives from various institutions reaffirmed their commitment towards the success of the project. Also, Prof. Bolade Eyinna who represented INEC, pointed out that Pollrite23 project is in line with the Commission’s aim of inclusivity in the electoral process. He thanked CAPIO for pursing this initiative. He further stated that other groups, such as diasporas, security personnel’s, election observers, etc have been clamouring for enfranchisement. He stated that electoral processes have improved, hence highly competitive, as every single vote must count. Mr. Obinna Nwosu who represented NOA expressed the wiliness of the agency to commence orientation of inmates in all Custodial Centres. Participants advised stakeholders to take advantage of the continuous voter’s registration which is now online to ensure that the detail of inmates are captured in preparation of the 2023 elections.
This project is gathering more momentum as it was raised before the Senate. It is hoped that this project will attract more positive attention from relevant stakeholders so that the disenfranchisement of inmates will be a thing of the past.
Pollrite23 project is proudly sponsored by Voice Nigeria.