The Internally Displaced Persons, at Angwan Zawu Temporary Camp in Goni Gora, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have begged the Independent National Electoral Commission, to provide human and material resources to enable them take part in the coming by-elections.
The Camp Coordinator, Mr. Caleb Nayaro, made this appeal while speaking with journalists on the sideline of a one-day sensitisation of IDPs on the 2022 Regulations and Framework for Voting organised by the All-rights Foundation Africa, funded by the European Union through its Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria programme.
While lamenting that less than a quarter of about 3,000 displaced persons scattered across five locations of Buruku, Kakau, Toll Gate, Sabon Gida, and Buwaya under his watch, he said they could not take part in the 2023 round of elections due to insecurity.
He explained that he is coordinating five IDPs of Buruku, Kakau, Toll Gate, Sabon Gida, and Buwaya, noting that Agwan Zawu is like the coordinating centre where they converge.
Nayaro said, “We thank TAF Foundations for this sensitisation because we have lost out on many elections as most of us were unable to participate in the 2023 round of elections for example.”
The Coordinator added that “the IDPs in Buruku were supposed to have two polling units but because of insecurity, they could not”, praying that the government through the INEC would do the needful for these groups of Nigerians to participate in future elections.
The Assistant Programme Manager, TAF Africa, Mr George Dominic Anwayi, earlier regretted that vulnerable people, including the IDPs, were excluded from the scheme of things across all tiers of government.