Nigerians living abroad who hope to vote from their base, may have to wait a little longer as the Senate President, David Mark has declared that such voting will not start in 2015.
Mark also voiced his support for local government autonomy, despite the senate voting against it.
Addressing Nigerians during a courtesy visit with Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Professor Adebowale Adefuye, at the embassy’s chancery in Washington, DC, yesterday, Senator Mark said that Diaspora voting would not work for Nigeria, and said that the logistics involved were just too cumbersome.
“The logistics are too many and they are not there right now so we will not be able to do it. You know we tried to introduce the idea before but when we discovered the problems, the logistics involved to make it work, we had to drop it for the sake of the nation. There is no way we will do diaspora voting that it will not cause problems because political parties will always complain that we have rigged elections and we all know what problem that allegation can cause in Nigeria, so we do not want that to happen.
“Even Nigerians in the Diaspora will say that the officials of our foreign Embassies have manipulated such elections in favour of a certain political party. Again, the local politics in Nigeria, if brought to the Diaspora, will end up dividing Nigerians living abroad. Now, you are very united but there will be a division the moment we introduce diaspora voting,” he said.