Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, at the Diaspora Voting Stakeholders Workshop in Abuja, mentioned that constitutional amendment is needed before Nigerians in the diaspora can be allowed to vote.
Gbajabiamila highlighted that the millions of Nigerians that reside abroad have much at stake in the present and future of Nigeria as those who lived in the country.
According to him,Nigerians abroad use their resources to develop businesses and support family members here at home; they invest in their communities and support national development, so it is not strange that they are seeking to participate in the electoral process.
But, before allowing diaspora voting, there is a need to plan well by first understanding the nuances, intricacies and the hurdles in front, before considering diaspora voting if Nigeria will get it right, he added.
The speaker said that there was a need to check if Nigeria was ready for diaspora voting because the elections conducted here come with a lot of issues and many litigations, afterwards.
He further stated that the stakeholder workshop provided an opportunity for all stakeholders to jointly consider the value of the proposals being currently offered and develop therefrom, a workable plan of action for policymakers and the general public.