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‘I Got Over 200,000 Votes in APC Primary Election’ – Andy Uba Rejects Anambra Election Results
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‘I Got Over 200,000 Votes in APC Primary Election’ – Andy Uba Rejects Anambra Election Results

Andy Uba has vowed not to accept the result of the just concluded Anambra governorship election. Uba wondered how after getting over 200,000 votes in his party's primary conducted in the state, he was unable to replicate such feat in the governorship election. The All Progressives Congress candidate in the just concluded Anambra State Governorship Election therefore rejected the election result in a statement titled, ‘Senator Andy Uba Rejects the outcome of Anambra Governorship Election,’ signed by the Spokesman for his campaign organisation, Jerry Ugokwe, on Thursday. He described the results as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission “as a charade” which was not reflective of the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state. The campaign organisation sa...
Anambra: INEC announces voting timeline for supplementary election in Ihiala
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Anambra: INEC announces voting timeline for supplementary election in Ihiala

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has adjusted the voting timeline for the Tuesday supplementary election in Ihiala Local Government of Anambra, to conclude the governorship election in the state. INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja. Recall that INEC had scheduled the supplementary election, following the suspension of collation of the governorship election results, as announced on Sunday by the state Collation/Returning Officer, Prof. Florence Obi. However, Okoye said that the slight adjustment for the commencement and closing time for the said election was made in line with the commission’s extant rules and regulations. He said that votin...
Update: INEC reschedule voting in Ihiala local government area
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Update: INEC reschedule voting in Ihiala local government area

The supplementary election scheduled to hold in Ihiala local government in Anambra state has been rescheduled to hold from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, November 9. The election had earlier been slated to hold from 8.30am to 2pm. INEC had declared the state governorship election inconclusive following the inability of electoral officers to conduct elections across the local government due to security challenges during the Saturday election. See the statement from INEC announcing change of time for the supplementary election below
INEC suspends declaration of Anambra Governorship election result
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INEC suspends declaration of Anambra Governorship election result

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the collation of results for the Anambra State governorship election and also suspended the declaration of the result of the election. INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Florence Obi, announced this early on Monday, November 8, at the commission’s head office in Awka. People had waited until about 12:15am on Nov. 8 for the declaration of a winner but things took a turn as Professor Obi made the announcement. Professor Florence Obi, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar in Cross River State, said: "We have collated results from 20 out of 21 local government areas." Rather than declaring the winner of the election after announcing the total votes scored by the par...
Accord candidate, Maduka loses own LGA
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Accord candidate, Maduka loses own LGA

Candidate of Accord, in the Anambra governorship election, Dr Godwin Maduka has lost his local government area, Orumba South. Maduka lost to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, which has so far won 10 out of the 11 local government areas announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The Las Vegas, US-based medical doctor and foremost pain doctor scored an abysmal 779 votes in his local government, which has 74,690 registered voters and 10,554 accredited voters. He was also defeated by all other leading political parties in the race, despite being very popular in his local government. APGA scored 4,394 to win the local government and was followed by All Progressives Congress, APC with 2,060 and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with 1,672.
Anambra decides: INEC Extends Voting till Sunday
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Anambra decides: INEC Extends Voting till Sunday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended voting in the Anambra State governorship election till Sunday, November 7. Announcing this to newsmen, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr NwachukwuOrji, said this is to enable those who could not cast their votes today, Saturday, November 6, due to the malfunctioning of the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BIVAS) machine, to do so. Mass failure of the machines were recorded during the voting exercise today November 6. Orji said the closing of voting had been shifted from 2.30 pm to 4. pm after and that the exercise will continue on Sunday in units where voting could not hold. He said the machines suffered software hitches, adding that the commission’s engineers were working to rectify the problem. He...
INEC Free to Transmit Anambra Poll Results Electronically – Senate Panel
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INEC Free to Transmit Anambra Poll Results Electronically – Senate Panel

Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Kabiru Gaya has given the electoral commission a nod to transmit the November 6 Anambra State governorship election result electronically. Gaya said this while addressing reporters after the National Assembly Joint Committee on Electoral Matters and INEC met with stakeholders on the governorship poll in Anambra State. When asked if the electoral body could transmit results of the election electronically, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said;  “It is left for INEC to decide whether it will transfer the election results in Anambra or not. They have done that in the previous elections in Edo and Ondo states. “E...
Anambra Guber: MASSOB Counters IPOB, Says Election Must Hold
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Anambra Guber: MASSOB Counters IPOB, Says Election Must Hold

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State Of Biafra, MASSOB has urged residents of Anambra state to come out and participate in the November 6 governorship election. MASSOB sent a message to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, urging it to go ahead without distraction in conducting the governorship election, come weekend. This was made public in a statement by its Director of Information, Edeson Samuel, on Monday. This is coming a few days after the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in the Southeast declared a seven-day sit-at-home protest in the South-East starting from November 5, if Nnamdi Kanu is not released. The sit-at-home is expected to start on the eve of the Anambra State governorship election. The statement read, “The M...
Anambra governorship election is more expensive than that of Edo and Ondo – INEC
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Anambra governorship election is more expensive than that of Edo and Ondo – INEC

The Independent and National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said they've spent more in ensuring the smooth running of the Anambra governorship election, than it did for Edo and Ondo states. INEC’s commissioner for information and voter education, Festus Okoye in an interview on Channels Television on Thursday October 28 said the cost is high because of the “unusual circumstances”. Though he didn't disclose the amount they've spent so far, Okoye however stated that they had to replace 326 generating sets, rebuild the facility where electoral materials are stored which was burnt down, and also replaced non-sensitive materials. He said; “We are conducting this election in a very unusual circumstance, this is because we had to rebuild our offices in Nnewi North and Idemili north...
We’ll bury rigging in Nigeria –INEC promises
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We’ll bury rigging in Nigeria –INEC promises

Nigeria's electoral body, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to put end electoral rigging using new technology. According to the Head of ICT, INEC office, Awka, Chukwuemeka Nnaji,INEC has devised what it called Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) as a way of reducing human interference in the electoral process. Speaking during a workshop for journalists on election processes and procedures for the 2021 Anambra governorship election, in Awka, he said; “The BVAS would help in accreditation of voters and to enable near real-time viewing of results. The all-in-one technology is a multifunctional integrated device that serves multiple purposes for different activities in the value chain of elections in Nigeria. This includes serving as the INEC V...
INEC releases final list of candidates for Anambra Governorship election
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INEC releases final list of candidates for Anambra Governorship election

A final list of candidates for the Anambra Governorship election has been released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye who made the announcement on Thursday October 7, said 18 registered political parties will be participating in the election. Okoye also revealed that INEC will be holding an emergency consultative meeting on Friday, October 8, with the leadership of all registered political parties in Abuja. The INEC commissioner further assured the people of the state of the commission’s resolve to secure a safe environment that will enable them to vote. He said;   “In line with the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election released on 19th Ja...
Anambra poll: APGA asks INEC to rescind decision to store non-sensitive materials in Owerri
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Anambra poll: APGA asks INEC to rescind decision to store non-sensitive materials in Owerri

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has expressed concern over plans by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to store non-sensitive materials for the November 6 Anambra State governorship election in Owerri, Imo State capital. The party urged the nation’s electoral commission to quickly rescind its decision. In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Barrister Tex Okechukwu, and sent to DAILY POST on Thursday, APGA queried the rationale for taking such materials to Owerri when it could use the facilities of the Central Bank, Awka or other neighbouring states such as Delta and Enugu to store the materials. The party leadership said that it does not want to believe that INEC was up to something mischievous like rigging the Anambra ...
Those who conducted parallel congresses wasted their time – APC
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Those who conducted parallel congresses wasted their time – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared parallel Local Government Congresses conducted in some states as futile. John Akpan Udoedehe, National Secretary of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) spoke on Monday. Noting that the APC setup committees that conducted the nationwide exercise, the scribe described the congresses as successful. He said the next step will be an appeal process that will allow anyone with issues to formally present their complaints. Udoedehe recalled that the party informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the schedule of APC congresses. “We wrote to INEC stating names of people to conduct the congresses and the venue. We also announced the time of the congress and informed security agencies. ...
Over 430,000 Nigerians Complete Voters card registration in 1 month
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Over 430,000 Nigerians Complete Voters card registration in 1 month

A total of 430,363 Nigerians have completed their registration for permanent voter card (PVC) after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) launched its online portal on June 28, 2021 for Nigerians to commence the registration process ahead of the 2023 general elections. The online registeration started ahead of a full physical registration exercise which commenced on July 26. The agency announced in a statement  on Monday, August 23, 2021 that over 2.2 million have already pre-registered online since June. 174,775 (7.9%) of the online applicants have completed in-person registration ongoing at State and LGA offices while the remaining 255,588 fully registered new voters applied directly at the physical offline locations. The agency added that Anambra State has the...
Rotational presidency cannot solve Nigeria’s challenges – Jega
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Rotational presidency cannot solve Nigeria’s challenges – Jega

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega has said that a rotational presidency cannot solve the country's problems. In an interview on Arise TV programme on Monday August 16, the former INEC Chairman stated that what the country needs is a "the best person with competence, capacity, experience." Jega said; “The way Nigeria is now, we need the best person with competence, capacity, experience to be the president to get this country out of the challenges we have presently. “That person can come from the north, south, east or the west, but the important thing is that even if political parties decide that a candidate should come from a particular area, what we need to do is that Nigerians must interrogate the capacity of that person to ...
2023: INEC raises alarm over fake CVR registration portal
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2023: INEC raises alarm over fake CVR registration portal

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised the alarm over a fake online registration portal for Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) ahead of the 2023 general elections. INEC raised the alarm in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, on Friday in Abuja. Okoye explained that INEC attention had been drawn to a post, which is presently being circulated on the social media platforms, about a website for INEC voter registration, “which is different from the commission CVR Portal. He said, “The address of the fake portal is https://register.inec-pvc.online/ with shortened URL as https://bit.ly/INEC-PvcReg2021. “INEC wishes to totally disassociate itself from this website and any act...
Ethiopia and Malawi to adopt INEC Policies in Local Elections – INEC Chairman
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Ethiopia and Malawi to adopt INEC Policies in Local Elections – INEC Chairman

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu has said that the Ethiopian and Malawian electoral bodies are considering deploying some aspects of the tool in the INEC’s Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) in their local elections. Declaring open a retreat to review the operationalisation structure of the Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC), in Keffi, Nasarawa State on Friday August 6, Yakubu said the EMSC had become a vital tool in the monitoring, implementation and management of Nigeria’s electoral plans and activities. He part of EMSC's plan after it was first inaugurated in November 2015, was to build on gains of the last commission (2010-2015) in creating systems for the continuous and effective managem...
Senator Odey Sacked by Appeal Court
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Senator Odey Sacked by Appeal Court

Mr Stephen Odey, the Senator representing Cross River North has been sacked by the Court of Appeal. A three-man Appeal Tribunal headed by Hon. Justice Chioma I. Nwosu accepted the argument that member representing Obudu/Yala Federal Constituency Hon. Jerigbe Jarigbe of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), was the lawful candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the December 5, 2020 bye-election for the seat. The Court in consolidated suit No CAL/C/NAEA/SEN/167/2021, ruled the lower tribunal erred when it ignored Judgments of superior courts that earlier resolved Jarigbe as the rightful candidate of the PDP. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been asked to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Odeh. The electoral commission was also ordered to iss...
Network providers assure us that network coverage is 100 percent across the country – INEC insists on e-transmission of results
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Network providers assure us that network coverage is 100 percent across the country – INEC insists on e-transmission of results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again countered the national assembly's stance on electronic transmission of election result. Recall that the national assemby blocked the electronic transmission of election results in the electoral act amendment bill, adding a clause which gives the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) power to certify national coverage, followed by an approval by the national assembly before INEC can transmit results electronically. However reacting to this in an interview on African Independent Television (AIT) on Friday July 23, Nick Dazang, INEC’s director of publicity and voter education said NCC's claim of the country having only 50% network coverage is false as all network providers in Nigeria assured the commission of 100 perc...
We have capacity for electronic transmission in remote areas – INEC counters NASS
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We have capacity for electronic transmission in remote areas – INEC counters NASS

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has countered claim of the  national assembly of some areas in the country not having the technology for electronic transmission of election results. Recall that the electoral amendment act was passed last week after All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers pushed through a version of the bill that constrains INEC to seek permission from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Assembly before employing electronic voting in any part of the country. Countering some of the claims made as the bill was passed, INEC’s commissioner for information and voter education, Festus Okoye maintained that the commission’s position was clear.   Okoye disclosed that INEC has in the past uploaded results from ver...
PDP, Soludo missing as INEC Releases List of Anambra Gov Candidates
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PDP, Soludo missing as INEC Releases List of Anambra Gov Candidates

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has dropped the name of former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof Charles Soludo as the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), clearing Chukwuma Michael Umeoji and Orogbu Obiageli as the governorship and deputy governorship candidates of the party. The state governorship election will hold on November 6, 2021. In a statement signed and released by the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr Festus Okoye, INEC left the columns of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) citing court order for reasons for accommodating or dropping the candidates on the list. The electoral commission, however, cleared Emmanuel Andy Uba and Johnbosco Okechukwu Anaedobe as the gov...
Senate Confirms another INEC National Commissioner
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Senate Confirms another INEC National Commissioner

Nomination of Professor Sani Muhammed Adam (North Central) as National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has been confirmed by the senate. Though the confirmation of Prof Adam's appointment had earlier been stepped down on grounds of not being cleared from petitions surrounding his nomination, he was given a nod on Thursday July 14 after report of the Committee on INEC was considered. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kaduna) while presenting the report said the investigation by the panel revealed that the petition against the nominee has nothing to do with his integrity.
Electronic Voting Without Transmission of result is Counterproductive – Jega
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Electronic Voting Without Transmission of result is Counterproductive – Jega

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega has faulted the exclusion of electronic transfer of results in the Electoral Amendment Act (2010). Jega who commended the National Assembly for taking steps to review the Electoral Amendment Act (2010) in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, however stated that the decision of the 9th Assembly to allow INEC use electronic voting without the electronic transmission of results is counterproductive. He said; “You can’t permit INEC on one hand to use electronic voting and not use electronic transmission of results because usually, they go as a package. “Once there is a robust software and hardware for doing so, it now brings efficiency, transparency and real time ability to se...
2023 election: INEC introduces Voter Enrollment Device
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2023 election: INEC introduces Voter Enrollment Device

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has introduced its Voter Enrollment Device ahead of the 2023 general election. The Voter Enrollment Device which was designed by INEC engineers and produced overseas, enables eligible Nigerians to register as voters online before completing the exercise physically at designated centres nationwide. INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu who noted that this will be the first time voter registration is handled partially online, said the commission is expecting a total of 20 million new registrations before the end of the CRV exercise. Yakubu said; “The expansion of voters’ access to polling units prepares the ground for the discharge of another important responsibility of the Commission. The registration of eligible Nigerians ...
Jigawa by-election: INEC officials stop LG chairman from voting in Gwaram
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Jigawa by-election: INEC officials stop LG chairman from voting in Gwaram

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials in Gwaram Local Government council in Jigawa State, have stopped Chairman, Dan Asabe Muhammad, from voting. A mild drama started at the Kofar Fada polling unit in Sara ward when the local government chairman approached the election officials to vote without a voter card. Muhammad, who came to the poling unit in a convoy, urged the INEC officials to compromise the use of card readers to allow him to vote. The presiding officer of Kofar Fada 001 polling unit however denied the chairman to vote for his failure to present his card. “The chairman who took time to explain that he has misplaced his card but has crossed checked and saw his name pasted on the wall with no 597 as his designated number but politely told him th...
IPOB: Another Biafra Group Emerges, Says ‘Nigeria Is Dead And Gone’
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IPOB: Another Biafra Group Emerges, Says ‘Nigeria Is Dead And Gone’

A self-acclaimed leader and founder of the Biafra National Guard (BNG), General Innocent Orji, has said they are prepared to face Nigeria over threats made by President Muhammadu Buhari. Recall that in a meeting with INEC officials, Buhari had threatened to deal with those bent on destroying Nigeria through insurrection. The president said, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.” In a statement to newsmen, the BNG leader charged people of the southeast to brace up and defend themselves against an imminent genocide. While stating that Buhari meant his threat to Igbo,...
INEC Fixes Dates for Ekiti and Osun Governorship Elections
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INEC Fixes Dates for Ekiti and Osun Governorship Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the dates for the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states to be conducted. The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, who made the announcement in Abuja today June 16, said the governorship election in Ekiti state will hold on June 18, 2022, while that of Osun state will hold on July 16, 2022. Yakubu also announced that ahead of the 2023 general elections, the commission has created an additional 56, 872 polling units across the country. According to him, Nigeria now has a total of 176, 846 Polling Units from the initial 119, 973 following the conversion of voting points and voting points settlement to full-fledged Polling Units. Yakubu said the commission had also removed 749 Polling Units from...
Burning of INEC offices won’t stop 2023 elections – Former INEC chairman, Maurice Iwu
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Burning of INEC offices won’t stop 2023 elections – Former INEC chairman, Maurice Iwu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Maurice Iwu, has said the destruction of offices of the electoral body in Imo and other South Eastern states by bandits and unknown gunmen would not stop the 2023 general election from holding. Speaking on Arise News, Iwu, who is chairman of the Imo Economic Development Initiative (IEDI), said INEC's capacity was large enough to withstand attacks and it won't be stopped from conducting the 2023 elections because its data can be easily replicated.   He also said the cause of the crisis in Imo State that led to the burning of police stations and INEC offices is a culmination of politics and marginalisation of the people of the South East. “People burning INEC offices have a political undertone and it ha...
We deleted over 15 million voters from register in 10 years – INEC
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We deleted over 15 million voters from register in 10 years – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 15 million voters found to have been duplicated records were deleted from its register between 2011 and 2021. In a keynote address titled “Technological innovation as an antidote for election rigging” at the 10th anniversary celebration of Blueprint Newspaper in Abuja, INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who was represented by the Commission’s Director in charge of ICT, Engr. Chidi Nwafor revealed that the commission will launch an online voter registration portal on June 28, 2021 to reduce the stress associated with voter registration. He said;   “We discovered that rigging can come before, during and after the election and one thing is for us to find ways of stopping this. Few years ago, the entire pro...
Those out to destroy my govt will be dealt with’ – Buhari
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Those out to destroy my govt will be dealt with’ – Buhari

President, Muhammadu Buhari has said those who want to destroy his government will be receive the shock of their lives as they will be treated in a language they will understand. The President made this known on Tuesday after meeting with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu; and other electoral commissioners in Aso Villa, Abuja, over the series of attacks on INEC facilities especially in the South-Eastern part of the country.
Those who want my administration to fail will soon be shocked– President Buhari issues stern warning
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Those who want my administration to fail will soon be shocked– President Buhari issues stern warning

President Buhari today June 1 said a rude shock awaits those who are bent on destroying the country through promoting insurrection and burning down critical national assets. The President spoke after he received a briefing from the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, on series of attacks on facilities of the electoral body around the country. “I receive daily security reports on the attacks, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail. Insecurity in Nigeria is now mentioned all over the world. All the people who want power, whoever they are, you wonder what they really want. Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”the Pr...
Another INEC Office Set Ablaze in Imo
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Another INEC Office Set Ablaze in Imo

Another office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been set ablaze in Imo State. The INEC office at Okwudor in Njaba Local Government Area of the state was burnt down on Sunday morning, May 30, less than 24 hours after Atta police station, customary and high courts were burnt down in the same local council. INEC Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs. Emmanuella Opara has already confirmed the incident.
41 INEC Offices Destroyed in 14 States – Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu
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41 INEC Offices Destroyed in 14 States – Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu has disclosed that 41 of its offices have been attacked in 14 states since 2019. Mahmood disclosed this at the emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday May 27. He said preliminary assessment indicates that 1,105 ballot boxes, 694 voting cubicles, 429 electric generating sets and 13 utility vehicles (Toyota Hilux) were lost in the attacks. The electoral commission boss said; “In the last two years, the Commission has recorded a total of 41 incidents involving deliberate attacks on the Commission’s facilities. “Nine of these incidents happened in 2019 and 21 cases in 2020. In the last f...
INEC Holds Meeting with Security Agencies
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INEC Holds Meeting with Security Agencies

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday May 27, held an emergency meeting on election security with heads of security agencies at the INEC headquarters in Abuja. The meeting was convened after the electoral commission's facilities across the country were attacked. The meeting was attended by National Security Adviser Babagana Mongunu, the Director-General National Intelligence Agency Ahmed Abubakar, the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, the acting Inspector General of the Police Alkali Usman. Also in attendance were the representatives of the Chief of Defense Staff, as well as heads of the paramilitaries. The NSA is the co-chair of the INEC inter-agencies elections security Committee.
INEC to Resume Voter Registration on June 28 
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INEC to Resume Voter Registration on June 28 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said it had concluded arrangements to resume Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on Monday, June 28. The commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at their meeting in Abuja with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Yakubu explained the commission was working to update its registration software to accommodate the newly established polling units to enable prospective voters to register. “However, more work still lies ahead. Apart from the CVR, we shall continue our preparations for two bye-elections scheduled for June 19 in Sabon Gari State Constituency in Kaduna State and Gwaram Federal Constituency in Jigawa State,” he said. H...
Two INEC Offices Razed in Ebonyi (video and photos)
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Two INEC Offices Razed in Ebonyi (video and photos)

Two annex offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, have been razed by some unknown persons. The INEC offices located in Ebonyi Local government area and Ezza North Local Government Areas of Ebonyi state were burnt down by unidentified persons. According to tweets by INEC, no casualties were recorded but extensive damages to the building and facilities were seen. See more photos and the video below...  
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...

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