Postponing Ondo, Edo polls will throw Nigeria into crisis, says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Wednesday said postponing elections scheduled for this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic would throw Nigeria into “avoidable constitutional crisis.” The commission also stated that accreditation of journalists to cover the governorship elections in Ondo and Edo States as well as bye-elections lined up for this year would be done online. Apart from the Edo and Ondo States scheduled for September 19 and October 10, 2020, respectively, the commission would be conducting 10 other elections, including five Senatorial and four State Assembly bye-elections…

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INEC wins as court declares de-registration of 74 political parties valid

The Federal High Court in Abuja has affirmed the power of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister political parties which failed to comply with the provisions of the law particularly Section 225 A of the 1999 Constitution as amended.  Delivering the judgment on Thursday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo affirmed that the constitutional powers of the electoral commission and reasons given by the commission for the deregistration of parties are valid, in conformity with the law, sacrosanct and could not be affected by the fact of anticipated Local govt elections by…

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Court backs INEC’s de-registration of National Unity Party

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission lawfully de-registered the National Unity Party as a political party in Nigeria. In a ruling on Monday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo found that INEC validly exercised its powers in Section 225A of the 1999 constitution (as amended) when it terminated NUP’s political party status. The judge made the pronouncement in NUP’s suit filed on February 24, 2020 via a February 21 originating summons, adding that the party provided no evidence that it met the criteria for…

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We have not postponed Edo, Ondo guber polls over COVID-19 INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has clarified that no decision has been taken by the commission to postpone or adjust timetable of the scheduled governorship elections in Ondo and Edo States. It would be recalled that the Commission had on 6th February 2020 released the timetable and schedule of Activities for the two elections. The schedule had fixed l9th September and October 2020 respectively for the Governorship polls in Edo and Ondo. However speculation has been rife that INEC may have adjusted the dates in response to the ravaging…

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Nothing sensitive was destroyed in fire incident at our headquarters INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the fire incident at its headquarters would not affect the administrative or technical operations of the Commission in any way. The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in Abuja. Okoye said the fire did not cause any substantial damage to the building. He said at 11.30 am on Friday a fire outbreak occurred at a section of the building housing the Election and Party Monitoring Department and the…

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Bayelsa guber poll: INEC threatens zero votes for ballot-box snatching

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has threatened to record zero votes for parties in areas where there were violence or ballot box snatching during Nov. 16, Bayelsa governorship poll. INEC National Commissioner in charge of Bayelsa, Edo and Rivers, Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, disclosed this at the round table on the commissions preparedness for conduct of the election organised by the Electoral Institute in Abuja on Tuesday. Agbamuche-Mbu assured that INEC was set for the election. We are looking unto the political parties that they will be kind to the…

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Kogi: INEC releases date for fresh poll for Melaye vs Adeyemi

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released the date for the fresh Kogi-West Senatorial election involving Senator Dino Melaye, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Senator Smart Adeyemi, of the All Progressives Congress, APC. INEC, in a statement signed by its Chairman of its Information and Voter Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, said that the Senate election would hold simultaneously with the Kogi governorship election on 16 November, 2019. INEC National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, said that another by-election…

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Kogi, Bayelsa guber polls: INEC to publish voter registers Monday

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja says it will on Monday publish the register of voters in Kogi and Bayelsa for the upcoming gvernorship elections in the two states. The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Mr Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja. Okoye said that INEC would also present the register to all the political parties sponsoring candidates for the Nov. 16 polls in the two states in line with Section 20 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as…

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Senate moves to delist failed political parties

The Senate Committee with oversight functions on the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has expressed disaffection over the number of political parties fielding candidates in the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States. Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC, Kabiru Gaya and former deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said the number of political parties that would be contesting elections was unwieldy and a contravention of the amended Electoral Act. Findings revealed that in Kogi, 23 political parties will be fielding candidates, out of the 49 that initially filed nominations, while…

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Kano Govship Tussle: Ganduje suffers loss at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the appeal of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, INEC and APC, challenging the decision of the court of appeal allowing PDP governorship candidate, Abba Yusuf, to present witnesses at the election petition tribunal. The five-man panel, led by Justice Mary Odili, unanimously upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal directing the tribunal to allow the omitted witnesses heard. On July 29, the Court of Appeal, Kaduna Division granted the application filed by the PDP and its governorship candidate, Abba Yusuf, seeking to…

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Kogi 2019 Guber: PDP cautions INEC, Yahaya Bello against manipulation

… Accuse INEC of selling PVCs ahead of poll The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have warned the Independent National Electoral Commission , INEC not to attempt to use its extrapolations on violence as cover and justification to manipulate the November 16 Governorship election in Kogi state. According to a press statement issued and signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP said it is poised to win the Kogi election, adding that INEC must ensure a credible, free and fair process devoid of orchestrated logistic failures that…

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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 INECs 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 nations 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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Weve 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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