Why judiciary is in best position to appoint INEC Chairman – Atiku

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has advocated that the power to appoint the Chairman and board of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be taken away from the President and given to the Judiciary. Atiku who stated this in a press statement he personally signed argued that of all three arms of government, the Judiciary is the least affected by elections, meaning that it has the highest objectivity in matters relating to the INEC. The former vice president who stated that…

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Mahmood Yakubu lied, INEC not most improved public institution – ANRP

The Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), on Friday, countered the claim by Chairman of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, that INEC was the ‘most improved public service institution in Nigeria.’ Mr Sesugh Akume, National Spokesman, ANRP, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that INEC’s performance in the 2019 elections did not show that there were improvements on what happened in 2015. Yakubu, on Wednesday, had stated during the review of the conduct of the 2019 general election with the second batch of Electoral…

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Why INEC is most improved public service institution in Nigeria – Yakubu

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mamood Yakubu, says the commission is the most improved public institution in Nigeria, given the level of improvements recorded in the nation’s electoral system from 1999 to date. Yakubu made the claim at the 2019 post-election review session with second batch of electoral officers (EOs) from 17 states, held in Abuja on Wednesday. Yakubu said that the commission should be rated high when compared with its counterparts in other West Africa countries. “Whenever I compare what we have done with what my…

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We’ve retrieved, re-issued over 70 Certificates of Return – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said it had withdrawn and re-issued over 70 certificates of return after the 2019 general elections. Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner, Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said this at an electoral reform round-table organised by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room and the Kofi Annan Foundation in Abuja. Okoye said that one of the biggest challenges facing the commission is the large number of pre-election matters that are still pending in various courts of law. “As at today, the commission…

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Buhari Vs Atiku: We only experimented with server in Osun, Anambra but not during 2019 elections, says INEC

• INEC must produce presidential election server – Peter Obi insist The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday clarified that the commission only experimented its server for some staggering polls in 2018 and not for 2019 general elections. The electoral body also declared that the results of 2019 presidential election elections were not transmitted electronically to its server as being speculated in some quarters. The National Commissioner of INEC, Mr. Solomon Soyebi who made these clarifications in Osogbo during post-election retreat organised by the commission for INEC staff and…

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Finally, INEC issues Certificate of Return to Okorocha

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday issued a Certificate of Return to the embattled former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha as winner of the recent election in Imo West Senatorial District District. Shortly after collection of the certificate within INEC headquarters in Abuja, Okorocha told journalists that he was called upon at exactly 6.14 pm that his certificate was ready. “At exactly 6.14 pm, this (Tuesday) evening, after the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, I was invited that my certificate is ready and I have…

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Bayelsa govt asks INEC to postpone November 2 governorship poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is considering appeal of the Bayelsa State government to shift gubernatorial election slated for November 2 this year. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this yesterday at a meeting with stakeholders from Bayelsa State at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. The delegation, led by Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (rtd.) told the commission that the date clashed with the state’s yearly thanksgiving service, which is backed by law and which has been observed for the past seven years. He said…

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Polls server results: Courts are guided by Electoral Act, not by social media videos – Keyamo

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Festus Keyamo, has said that some videos circulating on the social media purportedly showing how the February 23, 2019 presidential election was rigged are of no effect when weighed against the provisions of the Electoral Act and INEC’s guidelines. Keyamo was reacting to videos where some Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff said the commission planned to transmit results of the 2019 elections electronically. Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had challenged the outcome of the presidential election won by President…

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We transmitted election results to INEC server – Presiding officers

Some presiding officers in Borno and Yobe states say they transmitted results of the February 23 presidential election to the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The All Progressives Congress (APC) had tackled Atiku, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over his claim that results from INEC server showed that he won the election. INEC also dismissed Atiku’s claim, saying the results he paraded were fabricated. But the PDP presidential candidate had said he was willing to engage experts from Microsoft, IBM and Oracle to verify…

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We didn’t arrest any INEC employee over alleged leakage of server ID to Atiku – DSS

The Department of State Services has denied the allegation that it arrested and detained seven members of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). A social media report had alleged that the DSS arrested some ICT staff of INEC for disclosing the Commission’s server identity number to the PDP and its presidential candidate in the 2018 elections, Atiku Abubakar. Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Mr. Peter Afunanya, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. He said that the report went further to state that the staff were detained…

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Some people are being sponsored to malign Asiwaju in Hausa language, says Shehu Sani

… Accuses INEC of hiring El-Rufai’s personal lawyer Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna Central at the Senate, has alleged that some individuals are being strategically sponsored to attack and malign the personality of Asiwaju on Hausa radio services in Kaduna and environs. The senator noted that the attack on Asiwaju’s person couldn’t have been sponsored by the opposition. He added that he excluded the opposition from his suspicion about the identity of the sponsors of the verbal attack because he knows the background of the kind of people being engaged…

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INEC accuses Atiku, PDP of parading fabricated election results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, fabricated the votes he claimed to have scored. Atiku, in his petition before the presidential election tribunal, had claimed he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari by 1,615,302 votes. He said data from INEC server showed that he polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he said had 16,741,430 votes. INEC’s polling figures from the 36 states and the FCT gave Buhari 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku…

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INEC fixes Nov 2 for Kogi, Bayelsa governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 2, 2019, to conduct governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States. INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education and Information, Mr Festus Okoye, announced this in a statement on Tuesday. The announcement followed a meeting of the electoral body at its headquarters in Abuja where it approved the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the elections. INEC explained that the official notice for both elections would be issued on August 1 while various political parties who intended to field candidates would…

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Certificate of Return: Okorocha’s bid to secure order against INEC suffers setback

Moves by Governor Rochas Okorocha to secure an interim injunction to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue him a Certificate of Return as the Senator- elect for Imo West Senatorial District, suffered setback on Friday. Okorocha had in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/296/2019, which he filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, maintained that INEC lacked the statutory powers to withhold his Certificate of Return, saying he was validly elected to occupy the senatorial seat. He urged the court to declare that the electoral body acted in…

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INEC resumes collation of Rivers Guber election results

As court dismisses AAC’s suit seeking to stop process The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday resumed the collation of results of the Rivers State governorship election. The Commission had last month suspended the process, citing reports of disruptions and violence that affected voting and collation of results. Rivers State has 23 LGAs, but the commission says only 17 have results ready. The outcome of the ongoing exercise in terms of margin of lead would determine if a supplementary election would hold in other LGAs. It is mainly a…

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