Hon. Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), speaking at a one-day workshop christened Diaspora Voting Initiative held in Abuja on 17 February 2020 and organised by the UK-based Nigeria Diaspora Voting Council/Photo: APC-UK

Nigerians abroad to discuss diaspora voting rights at virtual conference

Nigerians from across the globe will gather via an online conference on Saturday, 17 April to discuss how to actualise their dream of being able to vote at elections in their home country.

The conference, christened “Diaspora Voting – Panel Discussion On Nigeria’s Participation and Readiness”, will feature speakers such as Dr Bashir Obasekola, Chairman NIDO Europe; Engr Obed Monago, Chairman, NIDO-Americas; and Dr Alistair Soyode, Founder and Chair of BEN TV (UK), will discuss strategies for the achievement of the diaspora voting rights.

Other speakers expected to participate at the deliberations, co-organised by the Swiss and Ireland chapters of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, are Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman & CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM); Senator Dr Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe, Chairman Senate Committee on Diaspora; and Hon Tolulope Akande – Sadipe, Chairman of the House of Rep Committee on Diaspora.

HE Dr Uzoma Emenike, outgoing Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland and the country’s first female ambassador to the US, and HE Baba Madugu, Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, will also participate at the panel discussions.

Among the specific issues to be discussed are how to prepare a bill that is acceptable to lawmakers and other stakeholders and enlist the support of the national assembly for its passage.

Hon. Barr. Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and chairman of Voter Education and Publicity Committee, is special guest at the conference.

Nigerians abroad have been clamouring for Diaspora voting rights for many years and the Saturday conference is a major move to give the clamour a boost and enlist the support of key stakeholders in Nigeria for its actualisation.

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Event: Diaspora Voting – Panel Discussion On Nigeria’s Participation and Readiness
When: Apr 17, 2021
Time: 14:00 Abuja Time
How to participate at the conference:
Register in advance for this meeting at
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuceqprz4pEtHLbFoh_YefRP-B0iv93w5q
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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