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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: PDP, INEC In War Of Words Over Petition

Following the alleged refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to release the materials used for the conduct of the February Presidential election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the electoral umpire not to plunge the nation into a monumental crisis. The party added that the court of appeal had ordered the commission to release the materials of which INEC is refusing to obey. The PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan noted that INEC, by!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

INEC Wants Jail Term For Vote Buying, Electoral Offences

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has proposed a fine of five hundred thousand naira (500,000) or three years imprisonment or both for persons convicted of vote buying, selling and other electoral offences. INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu made the disclosure at the 9th Forum of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room, organised by the Human and Environment Development Agenda, HEDA held in Abuja. Represented by National Commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, Prof!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

INEC To Resume Distribution Of 11 Million Uncollected PVCs

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has disclosed that it will resume the distribution of 11, 228,582 uncollected Permanent Voter Cards, PVC’s this month. Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education of INEC disclosed this in an interview with journalists. According to Punch, the Commission noted that all the uncollected PVCs were still locked up at the Central Bank of Nigeria as promised by the commission until after the elections. Okoye, however, noted that a!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…

INEC To Conduct Supplementary Presidential Elections In Lagos, Rivers, Others

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that supplementary elections will hold in some states on March 9. A statement by INEC’s national commissioner for information and voter education, Festus Okoye, revealed that the elections will hold in states where the poll was cancelled last Saturday. According to the statement, the supplementary polls will be conducted alongside the governorship and state houses of assembly elections. Recall that the election was cancelled by the electoral body in states…

INEC Finally Recognises Zamfara APC Candidates

Succour has finally come the way of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says its candidates will be allowed to partake in the forthcoming governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the state. Mr Festus Okoye, Chairman of the information and voter education committee of INEC, made this known in a statement on Friday. The statement reads, “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has consistently maintained that it will always…

2019 Elections: CPJ Warns Against Shutting Down Nigeria’s Internet, Social Media Space

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has added to the call against shutting down the internet and restricting access to social media space with less than 24 hours to Nigeria’s general elections. The CPj joined more than 15 rights organizations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for Nigerian authorities to ensure that internet and social media services remain connected during upcoming elections, and safeguard internet speeds of websites and messaging applications. In a statement on Friday, the CPJ noted that in…

Presidential Poll: No Going Back On February 16, Declares INEC

Following the recent fire incidents that destroyed several Smart Card Reader Machines originally configured for the 2019 polls, The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it would not shift date for the presidential election. INEC stated this during the unveiling of a central election monitoring hub for Civil Society Organisations, CSOs. The electoral umpire expressed its readiness to conduct the most credible elections in the history of the country. The monitoring centre which is situated at the…

INEC Worry Over Fire Outbreaks, Loses 8,966 PVCs, 380 Voting cubicles, 755 Ballot Boxes

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised the alarm over the two fire incidents in its offices in less than one week which led to the destruction of 8,966 Permanent Voters Cards. Worried by the development, the commission said it has drawn the attention of the Acting Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu to it, and requested for additional security measures to be provided to enhance security around its offices and other critical structures. While promising that all the burnt materials would…

INEC Speaks On Fate Of Owners Of Pvcs Lost In Abia Fire

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the fate of owners of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) lost in its Abia office fire would be decided after investigations. It said that it has directed its Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Abia to investigate and ascertain the level of damage at its office in Isiala-Ngwa South Local Government Area. Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in…

Zamfara APC Candidates Barred AS INEC Releases Final List

Following the legal tussle among the two factions of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Zamfara State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has maintained its stance that the party will not field candidates for the elections in Zamfara state. After a meeting on Wednesday, INEC maintained that Zamfara APC did not conduct valid primaries to elect candidates for governorship, national assembly and state assembly elections in Zamfara. INEC made its position known while reacting to two contradictory…
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