The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it would only be possible for Nigerians leaving abroad to vote in 2019 if the electoral laws are amended.
Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu said this when he was visited by the Senate Committee on Diaspora and NGOs on Tuesday in Abuja.
Yakubu said this while reacting to the statement of the Chairperson of the committee, Senator Rose Oko, that Nigerians living abroad are clamouring involvement in the nation’s electoral process.
Yakubu said several sections of the electoral laws have to be amended by the National Assembly if Nigerians abroad are to vote in the 2019 general elections.
Yakubu said, “Because election is a continuous process, the first thing to do is to provide the enabling environment.
“So, we have to start from the amendment to our constitution and the Electoral Act. I want to assure you that this INEC is determined to providing Nigerians living outside the country the opportunity to have a say in determining who will be our leaders.
“But the first thing in actualising this rests squarely on the National Assembly. They have the power to amend the constitution and our laws.”
He said the commission is only interested in registering Nigerians who live abroad and are over 18 years old currently.