“We conducted free, fair, credible election in Kogi”, says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a statement by its National Commissioner and member of, the Information and Voter Education Committee, Mohammed Haruna, in Abuja, said that the Nov. 11 governorship election held in Kogi was free, fair and credible, faulting claims that it tampered with the accredited figures of voters in the election. The statement reads: “The attention of INEC has been drawn to some media reports alleging it tampered with the accredited figures of voters in Kogi governorship election results uploaded on the INEC Result Viewing (IReV)…

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Tinubu appoints 9 new INEC Commissioners

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of nine (9) new Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a term of five (5) years each, subject to the confirmation of the Nigerian Senate. The Resident Electoral Commissioners are: Isah Shaka Ehimeakne – Edo State; Ekiti State – Bamidele Agbede; Gombe – Jani Adamu Bello; Kwara State Dr. Taiye Ilayasu; Lagos State – Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi. The others are: Nasarawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner – Yahaya Bello; Niger State – Prof. Mohammed Yalwa; Rivers State –…

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Adamawa election: Suspended REC, Yunusa Ari reveals why he declared Binani winner

Weeks after the Adamawa State governorship election saga, the suspended State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Hudu Yunusa Ari, has said he declared A’ishatu Dahiru, popularly known as Binani, of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), as winner due to security pressures. Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, suspended Yunusa Ari following the illegal declaration of Binani as winner, which violated the Electoral Act. However, INEC entered the fray and declared Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the genuine winner of the Adamawa State election after following due process.…

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‘Adamawa REC’s action provocative, Buhari should intervene’ – Fintiri

Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, says the decision of Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the State, to declare a winner in the governorship election is “illegal and provocative”. The governor called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the matter, saying he should not “shy away from this”. “We call on him to make a statement, we call on him to take a decision. I believe he will not be party to this,” he said. Fintiri, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), spoke on Sunday during a…

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“We are yet to fix date for supplementary NASS elections” – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has refuted claims that it will hold supplementary Presidential and National Assembly elections in concurrence with the governorship and State House of Assembly polls.  National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, Barrister Festus Okoye, in an issued statement, said INEC is yet to fix a date for supplementary National Assembly elections in about 15 States. The Commission said what will be conducted with State Assembly and Governorship elections today are one senatorial election in Enugu and one House of Representatives poll in Edo State. Okoye…

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2023: INEC to train 1.4million ad-hoc staff on BVAS usage

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that more than 1.4 million ad-hoc staff will be trained in the effective usage of the Bimodal Voter Registration Systems (BVAS) for the 2023 general elections in Nigeria. INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, made this disclosure during an interview on a television programme, tagged, “2022 In Retrospect, an End-Of-Year special.” The Commission said it had sufficient BVAS to conduct elections in the 176,846 polling units nationwide. Okoye further stated that the processes and procedures of the Commission are going well as planned…

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2023: “With loopholes for rigging blocked, the rest is in voters’ hands”, Says Ex-INEC Commissioner

A former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Akwa-Ibom State of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Mike Igini, has said that the newly introduced Bi-modal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) would curtail rigging and other forms of electoral manipulations commonly perpetrated by politicians.  The former REC, who made this known in a published opinion article yesterday, said, “The 2022 Electoral Act, INEC processes and procedures have returned power of the ballot fully to voters at the polling units, where elections will now be won or lost, and not at wards, LGAs…

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2023: One-year jail term, N500, 000 fine awaits vote buyers – INEC 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that one-year imprisonment, or a fine of N500, 000, awaits anyone found guilty of buying votes during the 2023 elections. The INEC Commissioner in Jigawa State, Professor Muhammad Lawal Bashar, who read the Riot Act in an interview with newsmen, said the electoral commission is prepared to conduct all the elections with the BVAS machine to ensure free and fair elections. According to him, the machine will identify voters going to vote, and those who have…

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Politicians trying to manufacture BVAS – INEC official allege

The Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Achumie Rex, yesterday, alleged that some politicians were making frantic efforts to manufacture the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, (BVAS) machine and hack into the Commission’s server ahead of the 2023 general election. This was as he reiterated the electoral umpire’s resolve to make the 2023 general election free and fair, adding that there would be simultaneous accreditation and voting on election days. Rex stated this at a two-day workshop for civil society organisations on Voter Education,…

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2023: “We’ve deployed BVAS to 30 States” – INEC 

…Says its usage non-negotiable for polls  National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Festus Okoye, has said the bimodal voter automated system (BVAS) has been deployed to 30 states ahead of the upcoming elections. Okoye spoke on Thursday during a workshop on election reporting organised by the Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNFJ). BVAS is a device introduced by INEC for the accreditation of voters through biometrics capturing, uploading of polling results and other functions. The device has been described by stakeholders as a…

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