Bamidele said diaspora voting is about ensuring greater inclusion in the country’s electoral process.
The Leader of the Senate, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele has informed that the Senate will this week, commence consideration of diaspora’s voting rights as part of its ongoing review of the 1999 constitution (as amended.
Bamidele revealed this during a virtual diaspora dialogue organised by the Directorate of Diaspora and International Affairs, Office of the Senate Leader in collaboration with Engage Diaspora Foundation and Nigeria Diaspora Foundation, at the weekend.
He reiterated the National Assembly’s resolve to reconsider the voting rights of Nigerians residing overseas in addition to other relevant issues.
He said: “Let me tell you some good news. We are not trying to bring the bill back, because the bill is already on the floor of the 10th Senate. Exactly two weeks ago, we had the first reading of the bill. It has already been scheduled for second reading.
“Definitely, as the Leader of the Senate, I can assure you that we will consider the second reading of the bill this week. After this stage, it will be referred to the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution.
“As it presently is, the constitution review committee is chaired by the Deputy President of the Senate, and as the leader of the Senate, I am the Vice Chairman. You can be rest assured that I am with you in this effort.
“I see this fight as a generational fight. It is about your children. It is also about ensuring greater inclusion in our electoral process. We cannot be interested in what is coming from you, but deny your right to vote.
“Diaspora voting is a right that must be recognised in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. After the passage of the bill, it will be taken to the House of Representatives for concurrence,” he explained.