INEC To Hold Supplementary Election In Ibeju Lekki

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos state says it has concluded arrangements for the conduct of the supplementary election in nine polling units of Ibeju-Lekki constituency 1.

The elections were declared inconclusive due to over voting in nine polling units covering two registration areas of the constituency.

In a statement on Thursday, the commission said it has met with all relevant stakeholders in the area including the political parties and affected candidates, Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) for the local government and other interested groups.

The statement noted that only voters with valid Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs within the constituency will be allowed into the polling units to vote.

The training of ad-hoc staff for the supplementary election has also commenced at the Registration Area Centres (RAC).

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Army Faults INEC’s Position On Rivers Election

The Nigerian Army has faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the position it adopted regarding the governorship election in Rivers State.

INEC indicted soldiers alongside armed thugs over the violence that forced the suspension of the elections in Rivers .

Executive Director, Global Peace and life rescue initiative, Melvin Ejeh, in an interview with TVC, also reiterated the position of the army.

“The governor is an alarmist. Wike wanted to rig the election and the position of the army is that the election should be held in a free and fair atmosphere”, he stated.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Senior INEC Staff In Jigawa

A senior staff of the Independent National Electorate Commission (INEC) in Jigawa state has been kidnapped in the state last Friday.

The kidnapped staff identified as Mr. Mahadi Hassan, is a Pension Desk Officer of the Commission in Jigawa State INEC office.

It was gathered Hassan was picked by gunmen along Gwiwa road Gwiwa local government area in the state.

The INEC Head of Department voter education and Publicity Mr John Kaiwa confirmed the incident.

He added that the kidnappers were yet to contact the commission or the victim’s family on any amount of ransom.

When contacted, Jigawa Commissioner of Police Bala Zama Senchi? said the command was yet to receive any report related to the kidnap of INEC staff in the state.

“As I am speaking to you, we have not received any report in relation to the kidnap of any INEC staff. I just heard it for the first time from you,” he said.

The commissioner promised to contact all people related to the matter and get back with updates.

The Nation

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INEC Insists No Certificate Of Return For Okorocha

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that it will not present a certificate of return to Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

INEC’s National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, said this, yesterday.

He said the electoral body took the decision because the returning officer for Imo West senatorial district election said he declared governor Okorocha as the winner “under duress.”

Asked whether the commission investigated the claim and confirmed that it was true, Okoye said “Yes.”

“We’ve made it clear on why we didn’t present any certificate of return to him (Okorocha).

“If you look at our website, we said the declaration and return were made under duress and that we are not going to give any certificate to any person  who procured a return under duress.”

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INEC To Conclude Collation In Bauchi State

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has approved the resumption and conclusion of the collation of results of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in relation to the governorship and state constituency elections in Bauchi State.

The Commission in a statement said after due consideration of the report submitted by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bauchi State on the disruption of the collation process at the Tafawa Balewa collation centre which led to the cancelation of results for the entire local government, a committee was set up.

INEC said from the findings of the committee, it was observed that the results of seven out of 11 registration areas for the governorship and six out of 11 for state assembly elections were affected.

The statement said the investigation committee in its report established that the result in polling units and registration areas are available and in safe custody, noting that the number of cancelled votes for the four polling units in Ningi Local Government Area which was recorded as 25,330 in form EC40g (1) was incorrect, bringing the actual figure to 2,533.

INEC, therefore, decided that the error in the total number of cancelled votes in four polling units in Ningi Local Government Area should be corrected from 25,330 to 2,533 and consequently appealed to all stakeholders for continuous support and understanding.

The Commission also announced the appointment of a new collation and returning officer for Tafawa Balewa Local Government to continue and conclude the collation process in place of the original collation officer who withdrew from the exercise citing threats to her life and those of her family members, adding the collation process for the local government will resume on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

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INEC Fixes March 23 For Bayelsa Assembly Supplementary Poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says it would hold House of Assembly supplementary election on March 23 in Bayelsa State, in areas where election was declared inconclusive in Feb. 23, poll.

Mr Wilfred Ifogah, Head of INEC Voter Education and Publicity in the state, disclosed this in a statement issued on behalf of the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Monday on Thursday in Yenagoa.

“The election will hold in five wards in Ogbia Local Government Area(LGA).

“It will also take place in two wards in Southern Ijaw LGA and one ward in Brass LGA,” he said.

According to him, the places where election will hold are: Otuokpoti, Ologi, Ayama and Okodi polling units in Ogbia constituency II, Ukube and Koluama units in Southern Ijaw constituency IV and some units in Cape Farmoso in Brass constituency I.

“INEC wishes to inform the people of the state, especially the critical stakeholders of the date for the conduct of supplementary election in the constituencies were election was declared inconclusive,” he stated.

NAN

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INEC Declares Plateau, Adamawa, Benue Governorship Polls Inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Saturday’s governorship election in Plateau, Adamawa and Benue States inconclusive.

Prof. Richard Kimbir, the Returning Officer for the election in the state announced this in the early hours of Monday in Jos, after collating results from the 17 local government areas.

Kimbir, who is the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, said the total number of votes cancelled were more than the difference in the number of votes the the two major candidates got, “hence was constrained to declare the polls inclusive”.

The returning officer said Mr Simon Lalong of the All Progressive Congress (APC) scored 583, 255 votes, while his closest rival, Lt. Gen. Jeremiah Useni (rtd) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) garnered 538, 326 votes in the election.

Kimbir who put the total number of cancelled votes in the state at 49, 347, noted that it was above the total difference of 44, 929 in the votes scored by the two major candidates.

“In line with section 179, subsection two of the 1999 constitution as amended, I am constrained to declare this election inconclusive.

“This is because the total number of cancelled votes is above the difference that exist in the votes garnered by the two major candidates.

“So, in line with the electoral act, a supplementary elections will be conducted in the affected areas in 21 days,” he declared.

Shendam, Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos and Kanam were the LGAs affected by the cancellation.

Others affected include Jos North, Langtang South, Mangu and Pankshin.

Similarly, INEC says the Adamawa Governorship election is also inconclusive and a new date for the rerun election would be announced.

The Returning Officer .Prof. Andrew Haruna, confirmed the development at the governorship election collation centre in Yola on Monday.

Haruna said the number of cancellations was higher than the margin of lead votes between the two contestants and therefore, a new date for the rerun election would be fixed.

Haruna mentioned about 44 polling units affected across the state.

Gubernatorial election in Benue state has been declared inconclusive.

Announcing the decision, the returning officer and vice chancellor university of Jos ,Professor sabastin maimaiko said the number of rejected and cancelled votes stands at one hundred and twenty one thousand and nineteen and higher than the margin of lead which is eighty one thousand five hundred n fifty four.

 INEC would is yet to fix the date for election in the cancelled areas.

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Suspected Hoodlums Set INEC Office Ablaze In Imo

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) office in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State has been set on fire by suspected hoodlums.

The INEC spokesperson in the state, Emanuella Opara, said she could not confirm the developments because she had been deployed to a local government to function as an electoral officer.

She said: “If I were to be in the headquarters now I would have confirmed the report to you but I am here on the field working.”

The police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeonkwu, said he would find out what happened and get back to our reporter.

However, a party agent at the local government, who asked not to be named, said no damage was done to the official result already collated.

Armed thugs had on Saturday invaded many polling units in Ngor Okpala LGA and carted away voting materials including ballot papers, ballot boxes and result sheets.

Many INEC ad-hoc staff were also beaten up with their valuables, including mobile phones, wallets and bags lost in the process.

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Three Abducted INEC Ad-hoc Staff In Katsina Regain Freedom

The three Independent National Electoral commission’s (INEC) adhoc staffs that were abducted on Saturday have regained their freedom.

According to a police report, the three were released at about 9 pm Sunday night.

They have since being reunited with their families.

The Katsina police Command in a statement said they have been taken to Danmusa hospital for medical checkup.

The terse statement reads: ” Today 10/03/2019 at about 21:00hrs, the 3 abducted INEC ad hoc staff were released by their abductors. They have been taken to Danmusa Hospital for medical checkups and later rejoined their respective families. Investigation is top gear with a view to arrest the  hoodlums. I will continue to keep you posted.”

The Nation

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UK Confirms INEC Results As Authentic

The United Kingdom Government has confirmed that the results of the presidential election as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were authentic.

British Minister of State for Africa, Harriet Baldwin, said the results were consistent with the results obtained through the Civil Society Parallel Vote Tabulation process.

“Along with our international partners, the UK believes the Nigerian people can have confidence in the result,” she said.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, early Wednesday morning declared President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 23 February election, with 15,191,847 votes. His main challenger Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party scored 11, 262,978 votes.

But the PDP agent at the collation centre declined to sign the results and later Atiku also rejected the verdict and said he would challenge it in the court. In a press conference on Wednesday, Atiku ramped up the rejection by raising issues of ‘statistical impossibility’ about the results in some states of Nigeria.

The statement by the British minister was the first authentication of INEC result.

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INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To Buhari, Osinbajo

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has presented the certificate of return to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, following their re-election.

President Buhari was declared the winner of the presidential election in the early hours of Wednesday after he polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who scored 11,262,978 votes.

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YIAGA Commends INEC, Says Election Results In Line With Its Estimated Range

A civil society organisation, YIAGA AFRICA on Wednesday verified the results of the just concluded 2019 Presidential election announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

YIAGA AFRICA said the result is in line with its Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) estimated range.

Dr Hussaini Abdu, Chair, YIAGA AFRICA Watching The Vote (WTV) made this known at a news conference on the group’s Statement on the 2019 Presidential Election Results in Abuja.

He said the group deployed 3,030 observers, who were paired to a random statistical sample of 1,515 polling units located in every local government area (LGA) and states of Nigeria.

Dr. Abdu said the deployment to a statistical sample of polling units enabled YIAGA AFRICA to independently project the vote shares that each candidate should have received within a narrow range.

The group’s projections were based on the results announced in the polling units and would have detected any significant manipulation occurring during collation of the Presidential election results.

He called on security agencies to remain vigilant in protecting and securing lives and property in the post-election phase.

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