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Hoodlums raze INEC office in Abia
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Hoodlums raze INEC office in Abia

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State has been set ablaze by hoodlums.   A statement released by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee Festus Okoye, today May 10, says the burnt office was recently renovated. The statement added further that this was not the first time the Commission’s office was attacked in the state lately.   The statement reads “The Commission met today, Monday 10th May 2021, and discussed a wide-range of issues, including a disturbing report from Abia State. The Resident Electoral Commissioner for the State, Dr. Joseph Iloh, reported that INEC’s recently renovated office in Ohafia Local Government Area has been set ablaze. The inciden...
INEC Fixes Date For 2023 General Elections
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INEC Fixes Date For 2023 General Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed Saturday, February 18 for the 2023 general elections in the country. INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu made this known on Wednesday during a one-day public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill 2021, organised by the Senate Committee on INEC. He said, “By the principle established by the Commission, the 2023 General Election will hold on Saturday 18th February 2023 which is exactly one year, nine months, two weeks and six days or 660 days from today. “We hope to release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the General Election immediately after the Anambra Governorship election scheduled to hold on 6th November 2021. “In order to do so, there should be clarity and certainty...
Frank Ibezim Sworn In As Senator Representing Imo North Zone
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Frank Ibezim Sworn In As Senator Representing Imo North Zone

Ibezim has finally been sworn in as the senator representing Imo north. Ibezim took his oath of office on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday following about three months of legal tussle with Ifeanyi Ararume, a contender for the seat. Both of them are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The seat became vacant in December 2019 after the demise of Benjamin Uwajumogu, who was sworn in to represent the senatorial district at the commencement of the ninth senate. The bye-election for the senatorial district was held in December 2020 but no one was named by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner owing to conflicting orders in courts of same jurisdiction. After weeks of litigation, the supreme court, earlier in April, af...
INEC Reacts To Fire At Its Data Processing Centre, Kano
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INEC Reacts To Fire At Its Data Processing Centre, Kano

INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION INEC - HEADQUARTERS Plot 436, Zambezi Crescent, Maitama District, P.M.B 0184, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. Website: www.inecnigena.org Online Newspaper.www_Inecnews.com PRESS RELEASE FIRE AT INEC DATA PROCESSING CENTRE IN KANO On 20th April 2021 the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Kano State, Prof. Riskuwa Shehu, reported a fire incident at the INEC Data Processing Centre (DPC) located at the premises of the Commission's state office in Kano. The fire started around 10.15am and engulfed the said DPC before it was contained by the Federal Fire Service. The Staff made spirited efforts to bring the fire under control using fire extinguishers, but they were overwhelmed until the arrival of officers of the Federal Fire Se...
Fire Guts INEC’s Data Centre In Kano
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Fire Guts INEC’s Data Centre In Kano

A fire outbreak has burnt down some parts of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Kano. The fire incident, which occurred around 9:30 am at the Data Processing Centre of the INEC office, burnt laptop computers, desktops and the entire building, Daily Trust gathered. An eyewitness told Daily Trust that the fire was controlled by both the Federal and Kano state fire services. “They arrived about 20 minutes after the fire outbreak. “Even though the delay has added to the fire to burn almost all the building but they were able to control the situation.” Some staff members, who witnessed the incident, noted that the fire started following the fluctuations of electricity power voltage which abruptly resulted in the blasting of some air conditioners at...
Three INEC Staff Die in Fatal Accident in Borno
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Three INEC Staff Die in Fatal Accident in Borno

Three officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have died in a road accident in Borno State on Sunday, April 18. In a statement released by INEC Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, the victims were travelling for special training ahead of the conversion of Voting points into Polling units when the accident occurred. He gave the names of the deceased officials as Adamu Mohammed, Abubakar Hamma Joda and Suleiman Umar, noting that the Supervising National Commissioner for Borno, Adamawa and Taraba States, AVM Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu will represent the commission at their funeral. Read the statement below
Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting
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Anambra Poll: INEC May Employ Manual Voting As Hope Fades For Electronic Voting

There are strong indications that the planned deployment of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for the November 6, 2021, Anambra State governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) might have hit the rock. It was gathered that the non-passage of the Electoral Act Amendment bill by the National Assembly before the end March as promised was a major impediment to the plan. The Guardian also learnt that the Easter break embarked on by the lawmakers would further delay the amendment process, as they would not resume plenary until Tuesday, April 13, 2021. It could be recalled that the 8th National Assembly had passed the bill in 2018 and transmitted it to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent. But the President withheld his assent to the bill on the gro...
NIN Not Mandatory For Voter Registration – INEC
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NIN Not Mandatory For Voter Registration – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the National Identification Number (NIN) is not mandatory for voter registration. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the clarification to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, NAN reports. Yakubu said that NIN was only a means of identification for registration as listed in the Electoral Act. “I want to make this important clarification. NIN is not going to be made mandatory for voter registration. “This is for a simple reason that we are operating on basis of the law establishing INEC. “Section 10 of the Electoral Act lists identifications to be presented by prospective registrants for the purpose of voter registration to includes birth certificate, national passport, national identity card. “We ca...
2023: INEC Fixes Date To Resume Registration Of Voters
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2023: INEC Fixes Date To Resume Registration Of Voters

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed June 28 to resume the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise ahead of the 2023 elections. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, announced the date at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday. The commission earlier targeted the resumption of the exercise in the first quarter of 2021. But Yakubu said the target was not met as a result of some activities such as the introduction of new systems to ensure the registration is in line with COVID-19 guidelines, expansion of voter access to polling units and introduction of new voter registration equipment and technology. “Effective from Monday 28th June 2021, the CVR exercise will commence nationwide and carried out continuously for over a year until the third quarter of...
Aba South/North Bye-Election: INEC Declares PDP’s Ebisieke Winner
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Aba South/North Bye-Election: INEC Declares PDP’s Ebisieke Winner

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency bye-election, Chimobi Iheanyichukwu Ebisike, has been declared winner of the Saturday polls. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s Returning Officer, the PDP candidate polled a total of 10322 votes to defeat his closest challenger and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mascot Uzor Kalu who scored 3674 votes. I’m the Returning Officer for the 2021 Aba North/Aba South Federal Constituency bye-elections held on the 27th day of March, 2021. The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Action Alliance, AA, MRM and APM were the other political parties that fielded candidates in the election. ”The election was contested and the candidates received the ...
Prof. Peter Ogban Jailed For Rigging For PDP – Akpabio
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Prof. Peter Ogban Jailed For Rigging For PDP – Akpabio

Senator Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta Affairs, said jailed Professor Peter Ogban, who was found guilty of manipulating election results colluded with the Akwa Ibom INEC resident electoral commissioner and the PDP. He debunked, as spurious, unfounded and malicious, the claim by the PDP that the jailed returning officer was punished for rigging for him and the APC. Akpabio’s response was rolled out in a press statement by his spokesman, Aniete Ekong. “In their desperation in a continuing campaign of calumny against Senator Akpabio, the INEC in Akwa Ibom State twisted the context of the judgment and maliciously claimed that the election was rigged in favour of Senator Akpabio. “Nothing could be further from the truth. The facts of the case put a lie to this asserti...
INEC suspends bye-election in Ekiti state following violence that left three persons dead
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INEC suspends bye-election in Ekiti state following violence that left three persons dead

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the Ekiti East constituency I bye-election holding today March 20. According to a statement released by the electoral body, the election was suspended following the outbreak of violence in various polling units in the LGA. Three voters were killed by suspected political thugs during the attack. A police officer, an NYSC member, and an INEC staff also sustained gunshot injuries. Read the full statement from the commission below
Court Orders INEC To Appear Before It On March 30 Over Party Registration
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Court Orders INEC To Appear Before It On March 30 Over Party Registration

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to appear before it on March 30 over the failure of the commission to register the Africa Youth Democratic Party. Ruling on an exparte motion brought before the court by members of the party led by Samuel Olalekan and seven others, the court, presided over by Justice Ahmed Mohammed granted leave to the applicants to apply for a judicial review and to seek for an order of mandamus compelling the electoral body to appear before the court. Lawyer to the applicants informed the court that the political association known as Africa Youth Democratic Party lodged a letter with INEC as an intending political party since December 2020 but the commission has failed to register the party. Justic...
INEC May Not Make NIN Compulsory For Voter Registration
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INEC May Not Make NIN Compulsory For Voter Registration

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) might have rejected the proposed use of the National Identification Number (NIN) as a requirement for voter registration. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had last month, while citing Section 27 of the National Identity Management Commission Act of 2007, said NIN was compulsory for transactions such as bank account opening, payment of taxes and voter registration. INEC had fixed the first quarter of this year for resumption of Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise. But speaking at a validation workshop for INEC voter education manual in Lokoja, Kogi State, yesterday, the commission’s spokesman, Festus Okoye, said the electoral body would not “impose or accept imposition of extraneous registration re...
2023 General Election Must Be Better Than Previous Ones – INEC
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2023 General Election Must Be Better Than Previous Ones – INEC

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has put the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on notice that the 2023 General Election must be better than all the previous general elections conducted by the Commission. To achieve the dream, the RECs have been directed to compile and submit an inventory of all election materials in their possession in order to determine existing shortfalls and take early, proactive steps to fill the gaps. Prof. Yakubu, who spoke today in Abuja at the Commission’s second quarterly meeting with the RECs this year, also noted that the decision to begin preparations well ahead of time was intended to enable the Commission address some of the logistics issues that had become a recurring decimal in the conduc...
2023: Bawa DId Not Advise INEC Not To Sell Forms To Anyone – EFCC
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2023: Bawa DId Not Advise INEC Not To Sell Forms To Anyone – EFCC

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to a report currently circulating in the social media, in which the Executive Chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, is quoted as having advised the Independent National Electoral Commission, not to sell forms to any aspirant who has a file with the agency, pursuant to the 2023 general election. The Commission wishes to state that the report is false as the Executive Chairman has neither met with INEC officials nor made any pronouncement remotely related to election since he was appointed. All he has said, in his two public outings so far, pertain to issues concerning his vision for the EFCC and the outlook for the fight against corruption in Nigeria. Qualification for elective political offices in N...
Senate Yet To Screen Lauretta Onochie As INEC Commissioner After 4 Months
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Senate Yet To Screen Lauretta Onochie As INEC Commissioner After 4 Months

Months after President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded the nomination of his Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie to the Senate for confirmation as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Red Chamber is yet to commence legislative work on the request. Onochie’s fate is delaying the confirmation of three other INEC nominees submitted to the Senate. President Buhari had, on October 12, nominated Onochie (Delta), Professor Muhammad Sani Kallah (Katsina) and Professor Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti) as national commissioners of the INEC. He also nominated Saidu Babura Ahmad as a resident electoral commissioner (Jigawa). Buhari, in an executive communication to Senate President Ahmad Lawan, stated that his request was pursuant to...
After 3 Flops In 25 Years, INEC Meets Parties Today Over New Polling Units
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After 3 Flops In 25 Years, INEC Meets Parties Today Over New Polling Units

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will, today, meet with political parties to brainstorm on how best to create additional Polling Units (PUs) in the country, Daily Trust gathered. A senior official of the commission told our correspondent that the meeting was part of the series of consultations lined up by the commission to engage critical stakeholders on the creation of new PUs. With 84.04 million registered voters, based on the 2019 figure, the country has 119,973 PUs which were established by the defunct National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON) in 1996. Daily Trust reports that three attempts to create additional polling units in the country were unsuccessful following agitation by various interest groups. The last attempt was in August 2014 when ...
INEC Planning To Make NIN Compulsory For Voter Registration
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INEC Planning To Make NIN Compulsory For Voter Registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission is considering making the National Identity Number a precondition for registering voters when the continuous voter registration exercise commences in a few weeks. A national commissioner at INEC disclosed this during an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday. He said the NIN would help tackle challenges of underage voting, alien voting and other challenges associated with registration. The national commissioner, who wished to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to speak, said a final decision would soon be reached. The INEC official explained that the permanent voter card was only supposed to be in use for a maximum of 10 years, adding that most countries rely on a national database and not the Permanent Voter Card for v...
Seun Kuti To Register ‘Movement Of The People’ As Political Party
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Seun Kuti To Register ‘Movement Of The People’ As Political Party

Musician Seun Kuti has revealed he will be registering the Movement of The People (MOP) as a political party. The 38-year-old shared a picture of an official letter written to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to demand the requirements for registration in an Instagram post on Thursday. The letter signed by Seun says, “We are promoters of the Political Association, known and described as MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE. “We write to request from your esteemed Commission the list of requirements to be met to register our Political Association as a Political Party. Thank you.” Movement of The People was his father Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s political party. Seun revived the party in November 2020. “The idea is that we liberate the Nigerian people, they mig...
2023: INEC To Review Card Readers, Introduce New Technologies
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2023: INEC To Review Card Readers, Introduce New Technologies

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it was reviewing its adopted technologies for elections, with the view of introducing new ones to improve conduct of the elections ahead of 2023. The INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity Department (VEP), Mr Nick Dazang, disclosed this at a workshop for the department on the “Review of National Voter Education Manual” held in Keffi, Nasarawa State. The five-day workshop is organised by INEC in partnership with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD). Dazang, speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the workshop, said INEC began the process for electronic voting since 2004 when it introduced optic map registration forms. “After that in 2010, the commission introduced the use of direct data ca...
Electoral Act Amendment Won’t Guarantee Free Polls – INEC
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Electoral Act Amendment Won’t Guarantee Free Polls – INEC

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Sunday, said amending the Electoral Act without a commitment from stakeholders to do things differently, cannot guarantee free and fair elections. Yakubu said this in an address delivered on his behalf by the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye at a three-day retreat of the Joint Technical Committee on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2020 which ended in Abuja on Sunday. The INEC boss expressed gratitude to the Senate Committee on INEC and the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters; for working together to produce a new legal framework for the conduct of elections. He, however said, “It must be borne in mind that amending...
Obaseki’s Certificate An Incomplete Photocopy, University Of Ibadan Tells Court
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Obaseki’s Certificate An Incomplete Photocopy, University Of Ibadan Tells Court

The University of Ibadan, on Tuesday, confirmed to the Federal High Court in Abuja that it issued a Bachelor of Arts certificate to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State in 1979, but that the photocopy he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was incomplete. The University, which was summoned through a subpoena issued on it by the court, said it was not true that Obaseki forged the certificate he attached to Form EC9 (Nomination Form) he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the purpose of the gubernatorial election that held in Edo State on September 19, 2020. The institution, which appeared as the second witness on the day Obaseki opened his defence to the certificate forgery suit the All Progressives Congress, APC, ins...
INEC Declares PDP Winner Of Cross River North Bye-Elections
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INEC Declares PDP Winner Of Cross River North Bye-Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Sunday declared the candidate of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Dr Stephen Odey, winner of Saturday’s Cross River north Senatorial by-elections. While PDP candidate Mrs Maria Akwaji also emerged victorious at the Obudu State Constituency by-elections. The Collation Officer for the senatorial by-election, Prof. Ameh Akoh of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, who announced the result said, the PDP candidate, Dr Stephen Odey scored 129,207 votes to defeat other Eight contestants. According to him, the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Joe Agi (SAN) scored 19,165 votes to place second while African Democratic Congress, Mr Gregory Agam came third with 388 votes among others. ALSO READ: Laughter,...
Lagos Bye-Elections: INEC Delivers Non-Sensitive Materials To LGAs
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Lagos Bye-Elections: INEC Delivers Non-Sensitive Materials To LGAs

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State said that it had delivered non-sensitive materials for the Saturday’s Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe Constituency II House of Assembly bye-elections to all the five affected councils in the area. The INEC spokesperson in Lagos, Femi Akinbiyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that the commission would soon receive the sensitive materials for the elections. Mr Akinbiyi said the receipt of the materials would be in the full glare of the political parties’ representatives, election observers and the media. “The non-sensitive materials have been delivered to various local governments already, and they have been batched into various registration areas (Wards). “We are not leaving any st...
Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu’s Reappointment As INEC Chairman
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Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu’s Reappointment As INEC Chairman

Nigeria Senate on Tuesday confirmed Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Senate confirmed Yakubu’s nomination sent by President Muhammadu Buhari after Ibrahim Gaya, chairman of the committee on INEC, presented a report for consideration of his confirmation for a second tenure in office. Gaya said Yakubu is qualified to occupy office again as chairman of the electoral commission. “The nominee displayed high intelligence and he has the temerity to hold office of the chairman,” Gaya said. “The nominee is not affiliated to any political party and he has not attended an political rally or campaign. “The nominee has met the requirements of section 451 and section 41 (i)(ii) of the third schedule part 1 f contained in the 1...
Nigerian media to start projecting election results soon – INEC
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Nigerian media to start projecting election results soon – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has disclosed that it will continue improving in ways it carries out its duty to enhance transparency in the country's electoral process.   INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom, Mike Igini who appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Wednesday November 25, said the Nigerian media will soon start projecting election results just like its counterparts in the United States following the launch of the commission's results portal.   Igini said the deployment of the public viewing portal eradicated electoral fraud in Edo and Ondo governorship election as Nigerians saw the result almost after the ballot was casted.   The Resident Electoral Commissioner also described the political el...
INEC: Buhari Asks Senate To Confirm Yakubu For Second Term
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INEC: Buhari Asks Senate To Confirm Yakubu For Second Term

The Senate on Tuesday received a request from the President, Major General, Muhammadu Buhari, (retd.), to confirm Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, by for a second term in office as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The request was contained in a letter dated 21st October, 2020, and read on the floor by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan. The letter reads, “In accordance with the provision of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission for a second and final term. “While hoping that the Senate will consider and confirm the reappointment of the ...
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Mahmood Yakubu’s Handover Ignites Fresh Crisis In INEC

Ahead of the 2023 general elec­tions, there are fresh intrigues threatening to tear the Independent National Electoral Commis­sion (INEC) apart and completely erode its independence as a body that should serve the interest of all political parties, Daily Independent has gath­ered. This followed the formal handover by its National Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, last week, pending the Senate’s confirmation for the renewal of his tenure as chairman of the commission. Also, there are strong indications that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is going through a re­gime of crisis as a result of intense power play among key players within the party’s leadership cadre who have constituted themselves into strong power blocks within the context of who holds which sphere of influen...
INEC: Mahmood Yakubu To Handover To Acting Chairman On November 9
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INEC: Mahmood Yakubu To Handover To Acting Chairman On November 9

The outgoing Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, will on Monday hand over to an acting Chairman who will pilot the affairs of the commission till the Senate confirms his re-nomination or otherwise. While President Muhammadu Buhari has re-nominated Yakubu and sent his name to the Senate for confirmation, his first tenure expires on Monday November 9. He is expected to hand over to one of the National Commissioners, among those whose tenure has not expired. Five other commissioners have served two terms and are not eligible for re-nomination or appointment. The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, confirmed the development. “The Hon Chairman’s (Yakubu) handing over ceremony to be held ...
INEC Begins Signature Collection For Mojisola Alli Macaulay Recall
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INEC Begins Signature Collection For Mojisola Alli Macaulay Recall

Field officers have commenced a door-to-door campaign to gather enough signatures to officially commence the recall of Mojisola Alli-Macaulay from the Lagos House of Assembly. Over 50% of registered voters in Amuwo Odofin Constituency I must sign the recall register. Recall that the Lawmakers recently refered to Nigerian youths as 'high on hard drugs.'
INEC: APC, PDP Senators Move To Stop Lauretta Onochie’s Nomination
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INEC: APC, PDP Senators Move To Stop Lauretta Onochie’s Nomination

Senators are not about to back pedal in their opposition to the nomination of the President’s Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), The Nation gathered last night. Senators from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are understood to have joined forces to stop the nomination of Onochie. Some senators have also received video clips of interviews granted by Onochie from some interest groups to back up their opposition to her nomination. Lobbyists are having a tough time trying to convince the lawmakers to accept Onochie’s nomination for the South-South slot. In deference to the President, senators have made an informal representation to some ...
President Buhari reappoints INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, for another 5-year term
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President Buhari reappoints INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, for another 5-year term

President Buhari has reappointed the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, for another five-year term.   Mahmood was appointed to office by President Buhari in November 2015, succeeding Amina Zakari, who served as acting chairman.   According to a statement released by a presidential aide, Femi Adesina, President Buhari has forwarded Mahmood's name to the Nigerian Senate for confirmation. ''President Muhammadu Buhari has presented the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term in office. In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the F...
Buhari Under Pressure Over 2023 Election Schedule
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Buhari Under Pressure Over 2023 Election Schedule

The 2023 election timetable an­nounced by Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, Chairman, Inde­pendent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, has begun to generate serious controver­sies across all sectors, particularly in political and economic segments. The economic implications of the pronouncement have been of great concern, considering the current po­sition of the economy which is on the precipice. President Muhammadu too is said to be under pressure over the announcement as it came to him suddenly. Political analysts are wor­ried that the timetable could heighten the tempo of poli­ticking, backroom dealing and horse-trading while ac­tual governance may take the backstage. They are also of the opin­ion that an order in which the presidential election comes first may confer ...
INEC Releases Form-EC8D and Form-EC8E For The Edo State Governorship Election
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INEC Releases Form-EC8D and Form-EC8E For The Edo State Governorship Election

For those that had been asking me what the Form-EC8A, Form-EC8B, Form-EC8C, Form-EC8D and Form-EC8E are (From the earlier threads I created), I will give little explanations below.. 1. The Polling-units Results are recorded inside the Form-EC8A at the end of the election at each polling-unit. 2. At the Wards Collation Centres, the results of all the Polling-units are Collated inside the Form-EC8B, and the final Ward Results are Calculated at the bottom of the Form-EC8B. 3. At the Local Government Collation Centres, the results of the Wards are Collated inside the Form-EC8C, and the final Local Government Area Results are Calculated at the bottom of the Form-EC8C. 4. At the State Collation Centre, the results of the Local Governments are Collated inside the Form-EC8D, and the fi...
APC Rejects Edo Governorship Election Results
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APC Rejects Edo Governorship Election Results

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has rejected the outcome of Saturday's Edo Governorship, in which incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki was declared winner. MCI had on Sunday reported how Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, secured 307,955 votes to defeat Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, who got 223, 619 votes. In a statement forwarded to MCI, Sunday, the APC alleged foul play in election, but called on party members to stay calm "while party leaders study the result and decide what is next." In the statement signed by the Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, Mr. John Mayaki, rejecting the result, the APC cited alleged strong arm tactics. "Our people were arbitrarily arrested, many of the figures were fabricated," said the terse stateme...
Obaseki Receives Election Results Sheet From INEC (Photo)
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Obaseki Receives Election Results Sheet From INEC (Photo)

Governor Godwin Obaseki took to his Twitter page to announce that he has received the result sheet of the 2020 Edo gubernatorial election from INEC. He wrote: "I have just received the results sheet of the Edo governorship election from @inecnigeria, which provides details of the polls cast on Saturday. I appreciate Edo people for their support and unflinching resolve to reward our hard work. Congratulations to all of us once more!" MCI reports that Obaseki of the PDP polled a total number of 307,955 votes to defeat his main challenger, Ize-Iyamu of the APC, who scored 223,619 votes. Governor Obaseki was returned elected after polling the highest number of votes in the election.
Edo 2020: President Buhari Commends Electoral Process
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Edo 2020: President Buhari Commends Electoral Process

PRESIDENT BUHARI COMMENDS ELECTION PROCESS IN EDO STATE, REITERATES COMMITMENT TO FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the election process in Edo State which led to the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The President congratulated the winner and urged him to show grace and humility in victory. In his reaction to the outcome of the election as announced by INEC, President Buhari said: "My commitment to free and fair elections is firm, because without free and fair elections, the foundation of our political and moral authority will be weak." The President added: "I have consistently advocated for free and fair elections in the country because it is the bedrock of true demo...
INEC Declares Obaseki Winner Of Edo Governorship Election 2020
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INEC Declares Obaseki Winner Of Edo Governorship Election 2020

Godwin Obaseki of People’s Democratic Party has been declared winner of the Edo State governorship election held on Saturday. Obaseki polled a total of 307, 955 votes to defeat All Progressives Congress’s Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Iyamu who got 223, 619 votes. See full Results here
Official Results Of Edo Governorship Election 2020 As Announced By INEC
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Official Results Of Edo Governorship Election 2020 As Announced By INEC

HAPPENING NOW: INEC's Collation Committee announces the official results of the election from all local governments. Party agents are also present at the meeting. Channels TV covers the exercise. Official results of the Edo state governorship election 1 Igueben LG (as announced by INEC) APC - 5199 PDP - 7870 2 Esan North-East (as announced by INEC) APC - 6,556 PDP - 13,579 3 Esan Central (as announced by INEC) APC - 6,719 PDP - 10,694 Esan Central (as corrected by the INEC officer) APC 6,719 PDP 10,794 4 Ikpoba Okha (as announced by INEC) APC - 18,218 PDP - 41,030 5 Uhunmwonde (as announced by INEC) APC - 5,972 PDP - 10,022 6 Egor (as announced by INEC) APC - 10,202 PDP - 27,621 7 Owan East (as announced by INEC) APC - 19,295...
Edo Election: Card Readers Not Working – Oshiomhole Laments (Video)
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Edo Election: Card Readers Not Working – Oshiomhole Laments (Video)

A former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has lamented that card readers are not working at some polling units in Saturday’s Edo governorship election. He said this after casting his vote at polling unit 01, Ward 10 in Uzairue northeast, Etsako West Local Government Area. The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, however, warned the Independent National Electoral Commission not to compromise. Addressing journalists, he said, “Since 1999, this is the highest turnout that I have seen. Elderly women and men turned out impressively. “The turnout showed that people have shown that they are ready for democracy. My only disappointment so far is that the machine is not working. “The INEC officials have reported but they have not brought a new machine. ...
Edo Governorship Election: Those Plotting To Buy Votes Won’t Succeed – INEC
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Edo Governorship Election: Those Plotting To Buy Votes Won’t Succeed – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said those plotting to buy votes in tomorrow’s governorship election in Edo state won’t succeed as it has put put stringent measures in place to checkmate their activities. Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC , Barr. Festus Okoye, said the commission was ready to conduct a free and fair election, devoid of any form of malpractice. He said the Commission has redesigned polling units to protect the secrecy of the votes while plain clothes security personnel will also move around polling units to monitor the activities of those who want to circumvent the electoral process. "We have redesigned our polling units to protect the secrecy of the vote. No person is...
INEC Dismisses 3, Arraigns University Dons For Electoral Offenses In Akwa Ibom
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INEC Dismisses 3, Arraigns University Dons For Electoral Offenses In Akwa Ibom

The Independent National Electoral Commission has commenced the arraignment of electoral officials indicted in the just concluded general elections in Akwa Ibom state. Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Mike Igini, had vowed that all officials, including INEC staff, lecturers and other categories of Adhoc staff involved in any form of sharp practice to circumvent the will of the people of the state, would be brought to book. A release issued by the an official of the commission, Odaro Aisien on Tuesday, revealed that the electoral body has "dismissed three (3) members of staff of the Commission in Akwa Ibom State office who were fingered in misconduct during the elections. The 2019 elections in Akwa Ibom had been generally peaceful, except for some p...
Update: Over 5,000 card readers destroyed in fire incident at INEC office in Ondo
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Update: Over 5,000 card readers destroyed in fire incident at INEC office in Ondo

The Independent National Electoral Commission has revealed that over 5000 card reader machines were destroyed in the fire that razed down its office in Akure, Ondo state's capital on the evening of Thursday September 10.   Speaking to journalists at the scene of the incident, INEC Commissioner in charge of Information and Voters Education, Festus Okoye said the Information and Communication Technology section of the commission was affected by the fire.   According to Okoye, 1000 card readers delivered to INEC from Osun State were burnt in the fire while over 4000 card readers belonging to INEC in the state were also burnt.   Admitting that the incident was a setback, the INEC commissioner stated that it will not affect the governorship election.
Fire Guts INEC Headquarters In Ondo
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Fire Guts INEC Headquarters In Ondo

Fire gutted the Ondo State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday, destroying Smart Card Readers. This came barely one month to the governorship election in the state. The cause of the inferno was unknown as of the time of filing this report. The PUNCH gathered that the fire also destroyed some items in a section of the office. When one of our correspondents visited the scene, security operatives cordoned off the premises. The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, confirmed the incident in a short statement titled ‘Fire at INEC office in Akure’. He noted that the commission would commence an immediate investigation into the cause of the fire. He said, “Fire broke out today (Thursday) September 10, 2020, at the Ondo St...
INEC Denies Plan To Shift Edo Election By Two Weeks
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INEC Denies Plan To Shift Edo Election By Two Weeks

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied rumours that it is planning to shift the September 19 governorship election in Edo state by two weeks due to logistics issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Already, there is anxiety in Edo as the residents are unsure if the much-anticipated election believed to be a straight fight between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) will proceed as scheduled. It will be recalled that in 2016, INEC was forced to postpone the governorship election in Edo State by two weeks citing security issues and threat to peaceful conduct of the poll. However, Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman in a chat with Daily Independent said there is no iota of truth in the report, s...
Bauchi Assembly declares murdered lawmaker’s seat vacant
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Bauchi Assembly declares murdered lawmaker’s seat vacant

The Bauchi state assembly has declared Musa Mante's seat vacant after he was murdered by unknown gunmen at his residence on August 13. Speaker of the House, Rt Honourable Abubakar Sulaiman who made the announcement on Tuesday September 2, said the Independent National Electoral Commission have been notified about the lawmaker representing Dass Constituency's vacant seat. Sulaiman further directed the clerk of the House to write the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to formally inform the commission that Dass Constituency seat in the Assembly is vacant to enable it start the process for conducting bye-election in the constituency.
Postponing Edo, Ondo Polls Will Create Constitutional Crisis – INEC
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Postponing Edo, Ondo Polls Will Create Constitutional Crisis – INEC

The Chairman, Information and Voters Education Committee, Independent Electoral Commission, Festus Okoye, has assured the people of Edo and Ondo states of INEC’s determination to conduct peaceful and credible elections noting that anything to the contrary would create a constitutional logjam crisis. Okoye spoke at a sensitisation forum for the media in Benin, on Thursday. He said “Political Parties and all the critical stakeholders in the electoral process must see the conduct of these elections as a national project that must be executed in strict compliance with all the safety protocols.There is no alternative to the peaceful conduct of these elections as the alternative will leave the people of the two states with a constitutional logjam that may be difficult to resolve. “...

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