COURT OF APPEAL OVERTURNS INEC’S DECISION TO DE-REGISTER 74 POLITICAL PARTIES

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has overturned a ruling by a lower court affirming the de-registration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The appellate court held that INEC failed to follow due process while deregistering the parties. The court therefore declared that the deregistration was illegal and ordered INEC to relist the 74 parties. https://saharareporters.com/2020/08/10/appeal-court-overturns-deregistration-74-political-parties-inec

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APC CRISIS: INEC IN DILEMMA OVER EDO PRIMARIES

By Taiwo Amodu – AbujaOn Jun 21, 2020 Ahead tomorrow’s conduct of the All Progressives Congress (APC) direct primary to produce its standard-bearer for the Edo State governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) appears to be in a quandary on whether or not to supervise the process. Tribune Online investigation revealed that the Professor Mahmoud Yakubuled INEC may have decided to tread with caution following the correspondence to his office by a faction of the new leadership at the ruling party national secretariat led by the deputy national secretary, Victor Giadom.…

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APC STANDS OUT AS OTHER PARTIES ADOPT INDIRECT PRIMARIES FOR EDO GUBER RACE AS INEC ISSUES WARNING ON COVD-19

Edo Guber Primary: APC Stays Odd, As 14 Political Parties Adopt Indirect Primary The All Progressives Congress (APC) remained the odd party in the list of fifteen political parties that have indicated their interest to field candidates for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State. Whereas all the other parties opted to use the Indirect mode of primary to select their flagbearer, the governing party opted for direct primary. And this is inspite of repeated appeals by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) for political parties to consider the…

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INEC FINALLY UNVEILS SCHEDULES FOR ONDO, EDO GUBER ELECTIONS AS WELL AS OTHERS

INEC Chairman Unveils Schedule for Edo, Ondo Guber Elections, Others Ladies and Gentlemen, 1.​  It is my pleasure to welcome you to this historic meeting. This is the first time the Commission is holding a formal meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners without anyone of you leaving your States of deployment. I am glad that all the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) are connected to this meeting. I must quickly add that with today’s virtual meeting with you, the deployment of communication technology will increasingly become the dominant means of information…

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NEC HAS THE POWER TO DEREGISTER POLITICAL PARTIES, COURT RULES

A Federal High Court in Abuja has affirmed the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission 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 and in conformity with the law. The court therefore held that the deregistration of National Unity Party as a political…

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INEC PROMISES TO INTRODUCE FULL ELECTRONIC VOTING BY 2021

Friday Olokor, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday said it would engage with the National Assembly and other stakeholders to explore ways of responding to the rising cost of conducting frequent bye-elections in Nigeria. The commission premised its decision on the Supreme Court judgment which states that votes belong primarily to political parties, as well as its records, which show that only in 10 per cent of all bye-elections since 2015 did the party that won originally lose the election. INEC also said it would “pilot the use…

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AMIDST CORONAVIRUS FEARS, INEC TO REDESIGN POLING UNITS

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that Polling Units shall be redesigned by the commission to ensure substantial compliance with the COVID-19 protocols established by health authorities. INEC noted that, among other things, the redesign would emphasise on social distancing, general hygienic conduct and enforcement of COVID-19 prevention protocols. The commission disclosed this in a ‘Policy on Conducting Elections in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic’ signed by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, released on Monday. The INEC chairman noted that on Election Day,…

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HOW WE WILL CONDUCT ELECTIONS DESPITE COVID-19 BY INEC

Chuks Okocha in Abuja Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday said it had approved its policy on how to conduct elections during a pandemic, insisting that Edo and Ondo state governorship elections would hold as scheduled. It explained that although holding an election in a period of public health crisis was an uncharted course, it would nevertheless developed protocols, for the electoral activities, which would place a premium on public safety and mitigate the health risks from COVID-19. Specifically, the commission said the two elections would hold on September 19…

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INEC BARS STAFF ABOVE 58-YEARS OLD, PREGNANT WOMEN, NURSING MOTHERS FROM RESUMPTION

By Omeiza Ajayi As the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, resumes partially from the COVID-19 lockdown, the commission has barred staff who are above 58 years and with underlying health conditions from resumption. The measure, which is to shield such staff from unnecessary exposure to the risk of contracting the virus, also applies to pregnant staff and nursing mothers in the electoral body. INEC disclosed this in a statement signed by a National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye. He said the commission met…

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