Court Orders IGP To Arrest, Produce INEC Chairman

Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court Abuja, has ordered the Inspector General of Police Mr Ibrahim Idris to arrest and bring the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu to court.

This is due to the failure of the INEC boss to appear in court and refusal to obey a valid order court.

Justice Pam earlier on August 1st, 2018, gave the warrant of arrest of Professor Yakubu following his absence to appear in court to give the reason why he should not be sent to prison for contempt of court.

The contempt proceeding was filed by Ejike Oguebego and Chuks Okoye, Chairman and Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra State respectively.

Following the service of Form 49 on Professor Mahmood, the court summoned him to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for having disobeyed the order of the court made on December 5, 2014.

The judge recollected that the matter was adjourned to August 8, for a continuation of the contempt proceeding against INEC, and its Chairman, Professor Mahmood.

During the continuation of the trial on Wednesday, August 8, Justice Pam demanded to know from the counsel to the INEC Chairman, Adegboyega Awomolo, why he was not in court.

Replying, Awomolo said he does not know where the INEC chairman is and that it is beyond his brief to produce his client. He added that if the court wants the INEC chairman to appear in court, the IGP should produce him.

However, in his ruling, Justice Pam noted that the order of August 1st was still subsisting and has not been set aside or discharged.

The matter was then adjourned till August 14th for the continuation of committal proceedings.

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INEC Fixes August 18 For Bye-Election To Replace Murdered Taraba Lawmaker

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Aug. 18 for bye election into Takum 1 Taraba House of Assembly seat.

Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, Baba Yusuf, said this on Wednesday while addressing state party chairmen in Jalingo.

Yusuf explained that the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Abel Diah had written to the commission on Tuesday declaring the seat vacant.

Mr Hosea Ibi, representing Takum 1 constituency, was abducted in Takum on Dec 31, 2017 and murdered by his abductors in Jan. 2018.

Yusuf urged the stakeholders to cooperate with the commission to ensure a successful election.

“I am pleased to inform you that the Speaker of Taraba Assembly, Mr Abel Diah wrote to the commission on Tuesday, July 24, and declared the long awaited Takum 1 seat vacant.

“The commission is therefore mandated by law to conduct a bye election to fill the vacancy within 30 days,” he said.

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New INEC Commissioner Resume

The newly sworn in Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioners and a national commissioner have resumed official duties.

The new appointments have brought the national commissioners to 12 and 37 states resident electoral commissioners

Briefing newsmen in Abuja, the Nigerian capital the chairman of the independent national electoral commission Mahmud Yakubu charged the new recs to be open, transparent and non-partisan in the discharge of their duties.

The two new resident electoral commissioners are Garba Attahiru Madami who has been deployed to Kwara state and Ahmed Bello Mahmud who is also expected to resume in Kebbi state.

The new national commissioner is Festus Okoye a human rights activist and an expert in constitutional electoral laws.

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INEC To Hold Four By-Elections August 11

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday, 11th August, 2018 for the conduct of four by-elections to fill vacancies in Katsina North and Bauchi South senatorial districts in Kastina and Bauch states; Lokoja/Kogi/Koton Karfe Federal Constituency in Kogi state and Obudu State Constituency in Cross River State.

The decision was informed by the notification of vacancies earlier conveyed by the National Assembly and the Cross River State House of Assembly to the Commission.

In line with this development, the Commission has also approved the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the by-elections.

According to the Schedule signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Augusta Ogakwu, the last day for the conduct of primaries by political parties is 25th July, while the submission of Forms CF001, CF002 and Nomination Forms at INEC Headquarters is 27th July.

Publication of forms CF001, list of nominated candidates and submission of names and addresses of party agents will end by 3rd August.

Campaigns are expected to end on 9th August, to pave way for the by-elections two days later.

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INEC Registers 10.2 Million New Voters

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has put the total number of registered voters in the continuous voter registration exercise at ten million two hundred and ninety two thousand, six hundred and forty seven.

INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu released the figure on Wednesday at a meeting with resident electoral commissioners in Abuja.

INEC says it is set to conduct by-elections in Bauchi south senatorial district Katsina, north senatorial district, and Lokoja/Korton Karfe federal constituency in Kogi state as well as the Obudu constituency of cross river state.

Professor Mahmood says all four bye elections will be conducted on the same day.

The commission assured that details of the timetable and schedule of activities will be  released on Friday July 19, 2018.

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INEC Extends CVR Registration Time To Include Weekends, Public Holidays

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday announced the inclusion of weekends and public holidays as word days of its personnel in ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

This commission disclosed this in statement by its National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, in Abuja.

The statement said that decision to extend the registration period was reached at commission’s meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) from all the states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which reviewed the nationwide exercise.

It added that the exercise would also be extended from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, instead of the current daily duration of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Against the backdrop of the decision to suspend the exercise from Aug.17 until after the 2019 general elections, it was resolved that starting from Aug. 1, the CVR exercise will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. instead of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. as obtains presently.

“It was also resolved that there will also be registration on Saturdays and Sundays as well as public holidays (if any) within the period.”

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INEC Installs Tracker Device To Ekiti Utility Vehicles

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says all the vehicles being used for distribution of materials and monitoring of governorship election in Ekiti have been installed with a tracking device to know their movements.

The Ekiti State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Abdulganiyu Raji explained that the step was part of measures to ensure the security of every stakeholder taking part in the election and hold them accountable.

Professor Raji said the tracking device would also assist INEC to listen to conversations around polling booths, collation centres and the conduct of other stakeholders.

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Ekiti 2018: INEC Distribute Sensitive Election Materials Amidst Tight Security

Less than 48hours to when the people of Ekiti State will be going to the poll to elect a new governor, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun distribution of election materials to the 16 local government areas (LGAs) in the state.

“The distribution was witnessed by National Commissioners, RECs, Media, Security and Party Agents,” INEC said in a Twitter post on Thursday.

The Commission said all vehicles conveying “sensitive materials for distribution to 16 LGAs” in the state for the election are being tracked “o locations real-time from departure, en route and arrival” to prevent diversion of the materials.

It said the tracking of the vehicles was an innovation to further strengthened the integrity of the outcome of the election, which is billed to be a two-horse race between All Progressives Congress and People’s Democratic Party.

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PDP Protest Alleged Attack On Fayose

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday staged a protest to the office of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and National Assembly to protest against the alleged assault by men of the Nigeria Police on the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.

The National Chairman of the Party, Uche Secondus led the protest to submit a petition to the lawmakers on the alleged actions of the police at Ekiti yesterday.

“The @OfficialPDPNig leaders are in front of the @nassnigeria to submit petition on the brutality of Ekiti people by the policemen but were blocked by security” PDP tweeted.

The party said it went to INEC office to submit a petition against the opposition party candidate Kayode Fayemi on suspicion of plans to rig the election.

“The protest march of leaders of @OfficialPDPNig also visited the office of @inecnigeria to register another petition on the plans by INEC technical staff and other officers to preload the Card readers in order to rig the Ekiti election in favour of @kfayemi @APCNigeria”.

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Arafat Day: House Urges INEC To Adjust Election Time-Table

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, urged Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adjust dates for Presidential and National Assembly primaries ahead of 2019 elections.

The call was sequel to a motion by Rep. Balarabe Salame (Sokoto-APC) at plenary in Abuja.

The lawmakers also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill before him.

Moving the motion, Salame said that it had become necessary for INEC to adjust the dates for the primaries because they had been scheduled for Aug. 18, two days before Arafat Day coming up on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.

He said that conduct of the primaries would hinder many Muslim politicians who had planned to attend the Arafat Day.

The  Arafat Day is one of the fundamental rites preparatory to Hajj.

”The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had recently announced timetable for the 2019 General Elections and the schedule of its activities.

”According to the INEC timetable, the Presidential and National Assembly primaries will begin on Aug. 18, 2018.

”It is of concerned that the timetable scheduled by INEC for the commencement of Presidential and National Assembly primaries will be two days before Arafat.

“This will begin in the evening of Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 and end in the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 21, subject to a little variation of dates.

”The House is aware that observance of Arafat day is one of the major cardinals of hajj, the non-performance of which will make the pilgrimage incomplete.

”There is worry that the time scheduled by INEC for the conduct of such primaries will create a lot of inconvenience for Nigerian Muslim pilgrims participating in the primaries,” he said.

When the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, put the motion to a voice vote, it was unanimously adopted by members

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Over 132,078 Uncollected PVCs In Akwa Ibom, Says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) in Akwa Ibom has raised the alarm over 132,078 uncollected Permanent Voters’ Card (PVCs) by electorates in the state.

According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Mike Igini, the figure comprised old and new PVCs, adding that PVC collection by electorates in the state was very poor.

Igini said out of the 127,267 new PVCs received by the commission and distributed across the state, only 12,881 have been collected leaving an outstanding of 114,386.

“From the old PVCs, out of 18,541 received and distributed, only 849 have been collected, leaving an outstanding of 17,692”, he said.

Igini noted that nationwide, over 7million PVCs were yet to be collected, the REC wondered how the electorates will cast their votes less than 224 days to the commencement of the elections across the country without their PVCs.

He explained that even with the campaigns run in the media on the issue, many people in Uyo, the state capital with the highest number of polling units are yet to collect their PVCs.

The REC charged political parties in the state to employ the strategy used in ensuring the electorates registered during the Continuous Voters’ Registration exercise to visit INEC offices for the collection of their PVCs.

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INEC To Use Enhanced Card Reader In Ekiti

The Independent National Electoral Commision has said it will use Enhanced Card Reader for the first time in the Ekiti gubernatorial election.

Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu made this known at a consultative meeting with media Managers in Abuja.

According to him, said there was no difficulty in the terrain in Ekiti and assured of a free and fair poll.

The Chairman, however, called on the media to cooperate with the commission to ensure the success of the forthcoming Ekiti Governorship election on the 14th of this month.

Professor Yakubu said the commission is not a political party and will continue to maintain its integrity as election managers.

The INEC Chairman also stressed the need to mobilize Nigerians to participate in the ongoing Voter registration exercise.

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