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2019 elections: INEC accredits 144 observer groups

2019-01-28T10:29:05+00:00

The Independent National Electoral Commission has accredited 144 observer groups that will monitor the conduct of the forthcoming general elections in the country. The figure, as published on the commission’s official website, www.inecnigeria.org, comprised 116 domestic and 28 international observer groups. The commission advised all the accredited observers to abide by its code of conduct for election observers. “INEC is pleased to announce the successful applicants to observe the 2019 general elections holding on 16th February 2019 and 2nd March, 2019. “All accredited observers shall abide by the code of conduct for election observers, which is available for download on the [...]

2019 elections: INEC accredits 144 observer groups 2019-01-28T10:29:05+00:00

2019 polls: Senate slashes power, health, education, presidency funds

2018-11-08T09:57:47+00:00

The Senate on Wednesday made a U-turn on the source of funding for the budgets of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to conduct the 2019 general elections. While the National Assembly had earlier approved N242,245,050,100 from only the Special Intervention Programme under the Service Wide Votes of the Presidency, half of the money will now be taken from the 2018 budgets of ministries, departments and agencies. The move by the legislature followed the adoption of a motion by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, and 18 unnamed others. Moving the motion, Goje urged [...]

2019 polls: Senate slashes power, health, education, presidency funds 2018-11-08T09:57:47+00:00

Reps Pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill

2018-10-25T10:12:17+00:00

The House of Representatives has passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. The lawmakers passed the bill at Wednesday’s plenary in Abuja after they adopted the report by the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). A member of the chamber from Gombe State, Aishatu Dukku, presented the report which led to the passage of the bill on the floor of the House. The lawmakers passed the bill a day after the Senate passed a similar bill. Meanwhile, the lawmakers have adjourned their plenary till November 6, to enable them embark on oversight to various [...]

Reps Pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018-10-25T10:12:17+00:00

INEC Expresses Worry Over Reported Arrest Of Observers, Journalists

2018-09-27T11:12:31+00:00

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern over reports that some observers and journalists were being arrested and prevented from operating in some polling units in the Osun State governorship supplementary election. In a tweet on Thursday, on its official twitter handle @inecnigeria, the electoral umpire said the issue was being taken up with the security agencies. “INEC is disturbed about reports that accredited media and observers are being arrested or prevented from operating in some polling units. This is being taken up with the security agencies.#OsunDecides2018.” INEC had declared last Saturday’s election inconclusive after announcing that the margin [...]

INEC Expresses Worry Over Reported Arrest Of Observers, Journalists 2018-09-27T11:12:31+00:00

INEC fixes September 27 for run-off election in Osun

2018-09-24T12:39:16+00:00

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed September 27 for the Osun governorship election run-off. The date was fixed shortly after the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Joseph Afuape, declared the poll inconclusive. Peoples Democratic Party candidate Ademola Adeleke and his All Progressives Congress opponent had opened up a major lead on the 46 other candidates that participated in the poll. As more results trickled it became apparent that both men would take the race to the wire. Although Adeleke polled 254,698 votes, 353 more votes than Oyetola got, the number of voters meant a runoff would be needed before [...]

INEC fixes September 27 for run-off election in Osun 2018-09-24T12:39:16+00:00

Osun Election: Saraki faults INEC, asks PDP to seek legal redress

2018-09-24T12:28:57+00:00

Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki has faulted the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the result of the Osun State governorship election was inconclusive. In a statement issued by him on Sunday, he said INEC’s decision was wrong because the votes in certain polling units were cancelled. The electoral body had earlier explained that the reason for the decision was because the number of cancelled votes were higher than the margin between the two top candidates. The Peoples Democratic Party candidate Ademola Adeleke led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola [...]

Osun Election: Saraki faults INEC, asks PDP to seek legal redress 2018-09-24T12:28:57+00:00

Osun 2018: NYSC DG Warns Corps Members to Remain Neutral, Apolitical

2018-09-12T10:41:10+00:00

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, has advised corps members in Osun to remain neutral and apolitical while serving as ad hoc staff for the September 22 governorship election. Kazaure gave the advice on Tuesday while addressing corps members during his visit to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ede. He warned them not to collect anything from politicians and avoid being induced to commit electoral malpractices, stressing that anybody caught would be left to face the wrath of the law. “The Osun election is around the corner and some of you will be used as INEC ad [...]

Osun 2018: NYSC DG Warns Corps Members to Remain Neutral, Apolitical 2018-09-12T10:41:10+00:00

14 Million Nigerians Register for PVC In 16 Months-INEC

2018-09-06T12:27:44+00:00

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has registered a total of 14 million new voters across the country. They were registered within 16 months under the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, revealed this at a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja on Thursday. With 14 million more Nigerians registered to vote, Professor Yakubu said the total number of voters registered by the commission now stands at 84 million. The INEC boss added that the number of those who took part in the CVR exercise represented a 21 percent increase in the total [...]

14 Million Nigerians Register for PVC In 16 Months-INEC 2018-09-06T12:27:44+00:00

President Buhari Declines Assent To Electoral Bill

2018-09-04T09:36:22+00:00

President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2018, his Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters said on Monday. Senator Ita Enang explained in a statement that the President communicated his decision to the National Assembly on August 30. He attributed the decision to withhold assent to the bill to “some drafting issues”, adding that President Buhari would sign the bill into law after the issues are resolved. “Mr. President invites the Senate and House of Representatives to address these issues as quickly as possible so that he may grant President Assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill,” [...]

President Buhari Declines Assent To Electoral Bill 2018-09-04T09:36:22+00:00

2019: Senators, Reps Insist Buhari Should Sign Electoral Bill

2018-09-03T10:31:58+00:00

Members of the National Assembly are mounting pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill 2018 to justify the N143bn the Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives on Electoral Matters has just recommended as the budget for the 2019 polls. Investigations showed on Sunday that senators and members had discussed the matter across political parties, where they consistently questioned Buhari’s seeming unwillingness to sign the bill. It was learnt that the lawmakers observed that if the bill was not signed, there was no way the Independent National Electoral Commission could spend the N143bn [...]

2019: Senators, Reps Insist Buhari Should Sign Electoral Bill 2018-09-03T10:31:58+00:00