INEC proposes 142 recommendations to improve electoral process

INEC proposes

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, says the Commission has come up with 142 recommendations to improve the future electoral process. Yakubu disclosed this at the opening of a 2-day Induction Retreat for Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) yesterday, in Lagos. He said the Commission had published the report of the review of the 2023 elections, adding it was already available on its website, adding that in addition, there is also the outcome of the retreats and engagements with stakeholders, which is right now being published.…

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“Conduct fresh elections in 27 State constituencies in Rivers” – PDP tells INEC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has demanded that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should immediately commence the process of conducting fresh elections into the 27 State Constituencies in Rivers State, which have become vacant by reason of the defection of the 27 former State lawmakers in the Rivers State House of Assembly to the All-Progressives Congress, (APC). The PDP asserted that by defecting from the party, the political platform on which they were elected into the Rivers State House of Assembly, the seats of the respective 27 former lawmakers…

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2023 Elections: INEC ‘danced naked in the market’ – Appeal Court slams electoral body

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja berated the Independent National Electoral Commissioner, INEC, while accusing it of being partisan. The appellate court, on Friday, slammed the Commission for appearing before it to act in favour of a party in an election dispute, by disowning documents that it not only issued, but also duly certified. The court lamented that the electoral body has continued to “dance naked in the market”, even though it was meant to assume a neutral stand in election litigations. “The INEC, as an institution, should be…

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‘How we lost election for not bribing INEC, Police’ – Obasanjo

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, while speaking in Abeokuta at a high-level consultation he organised on ‘Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy in Africa’, recalled how his former political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lost a local government election in Ogun State in 1998 because he rejected plans to bribe officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC). Obasanjo, while making the claim, said party leaders had told him that there should be money allocated for the police and INEC, but he rejected the proposal on the belief that INEC officials…

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“We’ll make electronic transmission of result mandatory” – Senate

The Senate has vowed to make it compulsory for the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), to transmit election results electronically. The Senate Committee on Electoral Matters said, yesterday, that it is working towards this improvement. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Sharafadeen Alli, told newsmen, that the current law does not mandate the electoral umpire to transmit results online. However, he assured that there will soon be a law which will come through the amendment of the existing law. He said, “That is one of the things that we are going to…

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Kogi: “Haba! 30,000 accredited BVAS voters turned to 130,000 votes; INEC, Na wa o…!” – SDP candidate, Ajaka cries out

Governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi State, Murtala Ajaka, has alleged irregularities in Saturday’s election. Ajaka said he won’t challenge the outcome of the poll in court if he loses as it will be a waste of time. Speaking during a television programme yesterday, Ajaka had claimed that the election was rigged with the support of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). According to him, “In the whole of the five local government areas in central, the whole of the five local government areas in central, there…

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Imo governorship poll: INEC announces APC’s Uzodinma as winner

Imo State Governor and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hope Uzodinma, was yesterday declared winner of the Saturday governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Returning Officer for the Imo State Governorship Election and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Prof. Abayomi Fashina, while announcing the result, said Uzodinma scored the highest number of valid votes cast and was returned elected for a second term in office. It was gathered that Uzodinma polled 540,308 votes to defeat his closest rivals, Sam Anyanwu, of the…

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Kogi Polls: “We’re investigating incident of forged results” — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), said it has started investigation over the pre-recorded results sheet discovered in some polling units across Kogi State. A civil society organisation, YIAGA Africa, had earlier raised concern over the allocation of scores to political parties even before voting was concluded. Some of the results show the candidate of the All-Progressives Congress, (APC), Usman Ododo, getting the highest scores. However, the electoral body, in a statement on its X handle, said top officials of the commission deployed to the State have been instructed to investigate…

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‘Labour strike won’t affect election’ – INEC

…Says Commission has no candidate in polls The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has said that the planned nationwide strike by Organised Labour will not affect today’s governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa States. The Commission’s Head of the Department of Voter Education and Publicity, Imo State, Emanuella Ben-Opara, stated this while speaking with newsmen in Owerri, the State capital, on the level of preparations for the Saturday’s election in the State. According to her, the Commission got assurance from the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW), before…

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Newly appointed REC from Akwa-Ibom won’t be sworn-in now – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has said the newly appointed Resident Electoral Commission (REC) from Akwa-Ibom State, Etekamba Umoren, will not be sworn-in until the tenure of the current REC from the State, Monday Udo-Tom, expires in January. INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education, Sam Olumekun, and the spokesperson to the INEC Chairperson, Rotimi Oyekanmi, disclosed this to newsmen in separate responses Friday and yesterday. Olumekun corroborated Oyekanmi, when he said: “The new REC can only assume duties after the expiration of the tenure of…

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