CONCLUDING INCONCLUSIVE MATTERS

By Emmanuel Aziken Aides and supporters of the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu led Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were until not too long ago, claiming that the spate of inconclusive elections did not start with its administration. INEC boss, Prof Mahmood Yakubu However, after spurning the most rudderless election in the history of the country only the most biased aficionados are still going with that narrative. More than one month after the February 9, date the commission gave to kick-start the general election, there is still no end in sight for when…

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INEC DISOWNS ELECTORAL MATERIALS FOUND IN ANAMBRA HOTEL

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday, said it is not aware of any missing sensitive election material for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State. INEC also said it had not received any official report in that regard. The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA), Chief Victor Oye, had on Monday, alleged that two lorry loads of sensitive materials meant for the Anambra gubernatorial poll were intercepted by the police in an undisclosed hotel in Awka. But the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Nkwachukwu…

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2019 ELECTIONS: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DELAYING OUR PREPARATIONS SAYS INEC

• Anambra gets positive security report By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja  The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu has asked the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the relevant legislations guiding the conduct of elections in the country to give the commission ample time to prepare for the 2019 general election. He said that the next general election was only 470 days away, adding that the early passage of the legal framework would assist INEC in planning for the elections. A statement issued by…

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REGISTERED VOTERS MAY HIT 80MILLION IN 2019 – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has projected that the registered voters in the country might increase by about 10 million to over 80 million by 2019. The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made the prediction at a roundtable organised by the European Union Electoral Follow-up Mission to Nigeria and West Africa, held in Abuja. A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi on Sunday in Abuja, noted that the roundtable was also attended by Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders. Yakubu speaking…

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NO TIMETABLE YET FOR 2019 ELECTIONS – INEC

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it is yet to officially release the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 General Elections. The commission made the clarification in its daily bulletin issued on Friday in Abuja. It stated that the clarification became important following several enquiries from stakeholders on the issue. It noted that only the actual dates for the general elections were so far released by the commission. The Commission had, in March, announced that the 2019 Presidential and…

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FRESH ARRESTS LOOM IN INEC AS EFCC INVESTIGATES 20 STATES

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The South-South geopolitical zone has recorded the highest number of people who took part in the Continuous Voter Registration between the months of April and September 2017. This is according to the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who also disclosed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was already probing the commission’s officials in 20 states over alleged electoral fraud. He said this during a quarterly consultative meeting with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday. Regarding the prosecution and probe of 205 of its officials…

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INEC SET TO RELEASE TIME TABLE FOR EKITI AND OSUN GUBER ELECTIONS

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it would on Thursday release the timetable for Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections coming up in 2018. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja. Yakubu said that INEC had started preparations for the elections in the two states. “The end-of-tenure governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states will be conducted next year. “In keeping with the commission’s tradition of giving all stakeholders ample time to prepare, the timetable and schedule of…

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INEC OFFICIALS STORM NASS TO SERVE DINO MELAIYE PETITION FOR HIS RECALL

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday arrived the National Assembly Complex to notify the embattled lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, on the petition the commission received from his constituents to recall him. The officials, who dropped loads of documents at the door to Melaye’s office, waited while the lawmaker was in the Senate chamber. It was observed that the Melaye’s office was under lock and key, while his aides were not around to receive the notice. Melaye had on Monday…

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2018 ELECTIONS: CAMPAIGN AND GO TO JAIL, INEC WARNS FAYOSE, OTHERS

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday threatened to invoke Section 99 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), which forbids electioneering campaign until 90 days to election against any political party and individual flouting the law, no matter how highly placed. The new Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Prof Abdul-Ganiy Raji, warned politicians against subtle or overt campaigns ahead of the 2018 governorship election in the state. He reminded politicians that penalty for flouting the law is either six months jail term or N500,000 fine, if taken to…

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AGAIN, INEC RELEASES FRESH TIME TABLE FOR MELAYE’S RECALL

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released another timetable for the recall of Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district. Augusta C. Ogakwu, the commission’s secretary, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday. According to the new timetable, the recall process will commence on October 3, 2017, with the notice of verification. The last day for the submission by observers will take place October 5, while the publication of the list of accredited observers will commence October 9. The conduct of verification will take place on October 14…

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