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INEC Holds Stakeholders Meeting Tuesday

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The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) will on Tuesday hold a crucial meeting with the stakeholders on next month’s elections.

The crucial meeting was aimed at ensuring the inclusion of the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) in order for them to exercise their franchise in the next month’s general elections.

In a bid to achieve this, the commission had two months ago organised a roundtable to discuss the fate of the IDPs.

The commission had thereafter, set up a nine-member Task Force based on the brilliant ideas generated by experts and academics, headed by the national body of the commission to ensure that the IDPs are disenfranchised in the February elections.

Expected stakeholders at the meeting will be three representatives of the state governments of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe; members of the State Houses of Assembly from the three states; religious leaders(CAN and SCIA); representatives of the security agencies comprising Army, Police, DSS, office of the NSA, Chief of Defence Staff and Civil Defence Corps; Director General NEMA; CSOs (Clean Foundation, ACE etc); DG IPCR; present and former RECs of the states and Administrative Secretaries of the states.

Similarly, the commission in collaboration with UNDP-DGD will hold a two-day National Youth Summit from( Monday to Tuesday) with the theme: “Nigerian Youths: Working For Peaceful Elections, Deepening Nigeria’s Democracy” at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja.

The commission’s chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega is expected to deliver a keynote address at the occasion.

The meeting will have in attendance the Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna; Director General, National Youth Service Corps(NYSC), Brig. General Johnson Olawumi; Chairman Interparty Advisory Council(IPAC), Dr. Yunusa Tanko; USAID Country Manager, Michael Harvey; European Union Delegation; ECOWAS Elections Unit and Open Society Initiative for West Africa(OSIWA).

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