IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Autor)
A Nigerian-born professor of African
politics at the University of Texas in Houston told the DIRB during
a 14 November 1995 telephone interview that people eligible to vote
in local or state elections would only be registered to vote in
their district of residence and that nobody is allowed to register
in a constituency where he/she does not reside (14 Nov. 1995).
Electoral lists are prepared by local government officials who
invite the public to come and register at a specific location
within a local community, normally a public school (ibid.).
Officials responsible for the electoral lists are people who know
their community very well and sometimes register people who were
absent from the community at the time of registration (ibid.).
A Nigerian-born professor of Journalism at
Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan told the DIRB during
a 16 November 1995 telephone interview that there is no door-to-
door voters' registration for local and state elections. In order
to be registered as voters, people must show up at the registration
office located in a public school for the period of registration
(ibid.). The are no provisions for the registration of absent
people and no one can be registered ouside of his/her constituency
of residence (ibid.). In order to be registered as a voter, one
must prove that he/she has been living in the constituency for the
last two years and that the dates shown on local tenement tax and
electricity bills receipts could be used as evidence (ibid.).
This Response was prepared after
researching publicly accessible information currently available to
the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does
not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular
claim to refugee status or asylum.
Professor of African Studies, University
of Texas, Houston. 14 November 1995. Telephone interview.
Professor of Journalism, Michigan State
University, Lansing, Michigan. 16 November 1995. Telephone