2019: INEC Fixes Presidential, National Assembly Polls For Feb 16

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced that the Presidential and national assembly elections will hold on February 16,2019.

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at an induction retreat for Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.

The governorship, state assembly and area council elections in the Federal Capital Territory will follow on  March 2, 2019, Yakubu said.

The implementation of the 2019 Election Project Plan is to begin on   January 1, 2018.

He said an additional 3,630,529 voters were registered in the recent continuous registration.

”This is an important development in our efforts to ensure that electoral services offered to Nigerians are better, more frequent and easier to access than ever before,” he said.

This exercise will continue until 60 days to the 2019 general elections, as a provided by the Electoral Act.

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2019: INEC Seeks Synergy With Security Agencies To Curb Likely Violence

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has charged Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to work closely with security agencies and identified hotspot to curb likely violence.

He made the call while addressing RECs from the 36 states of the federal who are on Retreat at the Le Meriden Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in preparations for the 2019 general election, which is 435 days away.

His words: “We need to strengthen and deepen engagements with stakeholders, political parties and security agencies at the state and local levels. We need not wait till election day.

“As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, election security and especially election violence may spike in certain parts of the country. Closely related to the expansion of hotspots of conflict and violence is the increasingly disturbing phenomenon of hate speeches.

“It is important for us to have an accurate idea of possible locations of hotspots and peddlers of hate speech, discuss these with security agencies and examine ways to address them well before the elections.”

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#AnambraVotes : Incidence Forms Will Not Be Used, Says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that incidence forms will not be used during the Anambra Governorship election scheduled to hold on Saturday November 18.

Head of Voters Education and Publicity, Nkedife Leo told pressmen that eligible voters with their PVC will be allowed to vote on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector General, Operations, Habila Joshak says voters have no need to fear.

He says the police force has deployed enough officers to man strategic positions in the state.

Joshak added that aside 26,000 police officers on ground, three helicopters and gunboats will patrol the state.

He warned those planning on fomenting trouble to stay clear from Anambra.

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Anambra Guber: INEC Begins Distribution Of Sensitive Materials

In less than 24 hours to the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun the distribution of sensitive materials to the 21 local government areas of the state.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, the state Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Leo Nkedife, noted that the materials, including smart card readers, ballot papers and result sheets, had been collected from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

His words: “About three weeks ago, we finished the distribution of non-sensitive materials to all the local government areas and, today, we collected the sensitive materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria and we shared them among the LGAs.

“Presently, some of the (electoral) officers are loading, while some others are already on their way to their respective destinations.

“We are 99 per cent ready to conduct the Anambra State governorship election.”

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Anambra Guber: INEC Boss Warns Staff Against Electoral Fraud

Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has issued stern warning to staff members of the commission in Anambra State against involvement in the electoral fraud.

Yakubu gave the warning when he addressed the staff of the commission at the INEC state headquarters in Awka ahead of Nov.18 governorship election.

The INEC boss said that anybody caught in electoral malpractice would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“Every INEC worker must ensure that we all achieve our set goal of making Anambra Nov.18 governorship election flawless and historic,’’ he said.

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‘N30 Million Collected From Diezani Was For Logistics,’ INEC Official Tells Court

A former Administrative Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kwara State, Christian Nwosu, on Thursday told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that the N30 million he collected from former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was for logistics.

Nwosu, who is facing an alleged criminal charge of receiving bribe from Diezani Alison-Madueke, to rig the 2015 general elections for her party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the money was given to INEC ad hoc staff for logistics.

Speaking under cross-examination by the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, the accused mentioned that he collected the money at the bank and didn’t obtain a cheque.

“I did not personally benefit from the N30 million; the ad hoc staff benefited because the elections went smoothly with the logistics support.

“The money was not given to me by way of cheque; we were asked to go to the bank to collect it.

“No cheque was given to me at the bank. I just signed a document at the bank which confirmed the receipt of the money.

“I did not instruct the bank to transfer the money to any account because it was not for me but for the coordinator who is to ensure that the money gets to the ad hoc staff.”

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Registered Voters May Hit 80m By 2019 – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has projected that the registered voters in the country might increase by about 10 million to over 80 million by 2019.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made the prediction at a roundtable organised by the European Union Electoral Follow-up Mission to Nigeria and West Africa, held in Abuja.

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi on Sunday in Abuja, noted that the roundtable was also attended by Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders.

Yakubu speaking on the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) said that no fewer than 3.2 million Nigerians had been register in addition to the 70 million registered voters for the 2015 general elections.

According to him, the credibility of election depends on the credibility of the Voter Register.

We are now doing it continuously. We have seen some challenges and we are responding to them. “We started in April and as at last week, and we have registered 3.2 million Nigerians on top of the 70 million registered voters for the 2015 general elections that we had before. “Our projection is that the Voter Register will probably be over 80 million by 2019,” Yakubu said.

He also revealed that about eight million Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were yet to be collected by their respective owners.

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Anambra Gov Election: INEC To Provide Albinos With Magnifying Goggles

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has said that the commission has provided magnifying goggles for polling units to enable people living with albinism to recognise political parties’ logos in the Nov. 18 Anambra elections.

Yakubu, made this known while receiving EU Observer Mission to Nigeria led by Mr Santiago Ayxela on Thursday in Abuja.

The INEC boss said the provision of the goggles was part of the commission’s efforts to ensure inclusiveness in the elections. “We are doing a lot about inclusiveness for women, youths and people living with disabilities in terms of access to the polling units and participation in the elections.

“One of the things we have done in this regard in forthcoming Anambra elections is provision of magnifying glasses in polling units to enable people living with albinism to see logo of parties and make their choices,” he said.

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Dino Melaye’s Recall Battle Moves To Appeal Court

A Federal High Court in Abuja, has ruled that all issues pertaining to the recall case of Senator representing Kogi West constituency area, Dino Melaye be taken to the court of appeal.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) had withdrew its motion, seeking to get the right to serve the recall petition on Melaye through substituted means.

INEC had previously tried to serve Dino the motion in person but claimed he had been dodging.

Dino, had in a swift move, approached the court of appeal to challenge the ruling backing his recall process.

 

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INEC To Release Timetable For Ekiti, Osun Guber Polls Thursday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would on Thursday release the timetable for Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections coming up in 2018.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja.

Yakubu said that INEC had started preparations for the elections in the two states.

“The end-of-tenure governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states will be conducted next year.

“In keeping with the commission’s tradition of giving all stakeholders ample time to prepare, the timetable and schedule of activities for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections will be released on Thursday,” Yakubu said.

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#DinoRecall: Melaye Evades Service As His NASS Office Remains Under Lock And Key

The embattled Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district at the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, on Tuesday, shut his office against officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who had stormed the assembly to deliver service of recall petition and time table process to his office at the National Assembly in Abuja.

Dino, had at a press conference in Abuja, denied evading petition and time table for his recall. and submitted that the 90 days period as provided for in the constitution for conducting the referendum after verification had elapsed.

Contrary to Dino’s submission, INEC officials at the time of their arrival could not gain access into his office as his aides were no where to be found and office under lock and key.

It is however not clear how long the INEC officials will wait as Dino is reportedly attending the day’s plenary at the Red Chamber of the National Assembly.

 

 

 

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