The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) decided Monday to prepare a special register, separate from the general voters’ register, to record the data of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to ensure they are safe while taking part in the upcoming elections scheduled for May 12th.
In a press statement, Riyadh al-Badran, head of IHEC’s electoral department, said the IHEC held a series of meetings with the government and the parliament, the latest of which was held with the legal and migration and displacement committees to discuss the election date and the participation of IDPs.
The number of IDPs is estimates at 1,600,000. Only 400,000 IDPs are entitled to vote in the upcoming elections, he further stated".
Polling stations will be available in every place IDPs are present. But those who will return fill find special polling stations in their cities after their voter registers have been separated, he added.