US Consulate Explains ‘System For Absentee Balloting’
American Government says it has created a medium to enable citizens based outside the country vote for the candidate of their choice in the US presidential elections.
The Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate in Lagos, Darcy Zotter, explained the process tagged “System for Absentee Balloting” to Channels Television at the election night watch in the early hours of Wednesday.
“We actually have a system for absentee balloting and what was interesting for me today is that Nigerian-American will come into the consulate in Lagos today and still be able to vote”.
Zotter gave the assurance that the votes might count in the general polls, saying that the absentee balloting was a key factor in the 2000 US elections.
On which side of the divide she is, she said that her job is to support the policies of whoever emerges as the new American President.
Meanwhile, US citizens in Nigeria are also keeping an election night watch in Abuja as Americans decide who becomes their 44th President.
Lined up for the night watch are mock debates of the candidates, a mock election, actual live monitoring of the polls and results collation which are expected to last until Wednesday morning.
The US Deputy Chief of Mission to Nigeria, Mr David Young, says 270 votes are all either candidate requires to win the race.
Young adds that about seven key states should be monitored closely as the polls progress.
Among the states identified as the battle ground and deciding factors to the next president of the world power are Pennsylvania, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North California and Colorado.