INEC’s Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, said this in a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. “For now, all legal hurdles as far as we are aware have been removed so the commission should proceed as if the case did not occur.” A trio of Judges, led by Justice Tunde Awotoye, of the appellate court on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by Melaye against the judgment delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba at the Federal High Court in 2017, on grounds that there was no cause of action. Justice Dimgba had on September 11, 2017, dismissed the suit filed by Senator Melaye, seeking to stop INEC from initiating his recall from the National Assembly. He held that senator Melaye’s complaints were ‘hasty, premature and presumptuous”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Niger State has said it has uncovered a fake registration centre in Zungeru, Wushishi Local Government Area of the state. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Professor Sam Egwu, made this known to reporters yesterday in Minna. According to him, the police, through a tip-off, invaded the centre and arrested the alleged culprit with many temporary voters’ cards. Prof. Egwu said most of the fraudster’s clients were workers of a construction company who requested for voters’ cards or any document to ensure that they were duly registered to vote in the forthcoming elections. “The suspect normally worked on the temporary voters’ card he obtained to produce new ones for unsuspecting cli
The Director, INEC Voters Education and Publicity, Oluwole Uzzi, when contacted by ORBITNEWS, said, “We would work with the existing arrangement. The status quo remains.” When asked if the National Assembly has the powers to re-order the sequence of elections in the country, he said; “that would be for the lawyers to decide.” Recall that the national electoral umpire had earlier announced that the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections would hold on February 16, while that of the Governorship and State Assembly would hold on 2nd March. But the National Assembly amended the Electoral Act in such a manner that the National Assembly polls would be first conducted before the presidential election. http://dailypost.ng/2018/01/24/2019-house-reps-change-elections-time-
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the strategic meeting involved INEC officials, representatives of security outfits involved in the conduct of the election as well as the National Orientation Agency, and the National Youth Service Corps. Obioma said that the commission would commence the distribution of the PVCs to eligible electorate, who registered between 2017 and 2018. He urged security officials, who were yet to register, to take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration to register. He further urged members of the security agencies, who transferred from other locations, wishing to transfer their cards to Ebonyi to approach any INEC office nearest to them for the transfer. He warned against double registration, noting that any double registration wo...
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, that there are no underage voters in Kano State as a despicable act of cowardice and threat to our nation's democracy. The PDP said the INEC Chairman, in allowing the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to push him to make such false declaration, despite manifest documentary evidence in the public domain and even by INEC officials, has cast a huge doubt on the sincerity of INEC to conduct a fair, free and credible elections, come 2019. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Sunday, said the commission has obliterated a huge part of its honour by denying what is obvious to all instea...
The Christian communities in Bauchi metropolis have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of plot to disenfranchise them. The development is already creating tension in the affected areas. Leader of the Youth Christian Concern, Mr Dalha Luka told DAILY POST that the INEC had refused to send their staff to Yelwa, Rafin zurfi, Gwallameji, Kagadama, dominated by Christians. OThis development, Luka stressed had cast serious doubt on the independence of the commission. He further alleged that same thing was happening in Bogoro and Tafawabalewa, calling on the INEC “to toe a path of honour and accord equal chance to all categories of Nigerians.” “I think this is a calculated attempt against some section of the country; INEC is
The social networking giant made this offer having noticed that topics Nigerians mostly shared on its platform bordered on elections and politics According to INEC, this offer was made when a team from Facebook led by its Public Policy Director for Africa, Ebele Okobi, paid a courtesy visit to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday. Facebook, which noted that it has a membership base of 2.1 billion worldwide and 80 million from Nigeria, discovered that, “people care very deeply about how they are governed, about who governs them and other political issues. Knowing that people come to the platform to talk about what they care about, we have developed a politics and government programme essentially to understand how our platf
This follows the alleged registration of underaged individuals in the LG elections in Kano and Katsina states or telling the INEC chairman to resign before 2019. The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmoud Yakubu on Friday said a panel has been set up to investigate the alleged issue of underage registration and voting in Kano State. Mahmoud said this during a workshop in Lagos. The workshop is attended by leading senior members of staff of the commission at a retreat on the 2019 election project implementation. The decision to investigate the issue came after pictures of underaged voters in Kano State were circulated on social media recently. The images show children participating in the local council elections conducted across Kano...
The commission said the same mechanism would be used in the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections in July and September, respectively. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this when he visited the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, in Abuja on Tuesday. Yakubu said, “We are planning for full deployment (of electronic and manual transmission) this year in governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun. Thereafter we intend to deploy the system in the 2019 general elections. “INEC has developed the hardware and software. However, we rely on the operators for the transmission of both the figures and scanned images of result sheets. We wish to assure Nigerians that while we transmit the raw figures from polling units, s
The commission, therefore, asked all Nigerians to register, while noting that over four million citizens across the country, have already registered. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Solomon Soyebi. “So far, over four million Nigerians have registered across the country. The Commission wishes to assure all eligible Nigerians that the CVR exercise is designed to continue indefinitely as envisaged by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). “However, as provided for in Section 9 (5) of the Electoral Act (as amended), the CVR will be temporarily suspended 60 days to the commencement of the next General Elections scheduled for February 2019. The exercise will resume after the conclus