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    Ondo gov poll: All political parties opt for indirect primary

Ondo gov poll: All political parties opt for indirect primary

All the 17 political parties that have indicated interest in the Ondo governorship election have opted for indirect primary election. In a statement, Festus Okoye, spokesman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said only one of the 18 registered political parties -- Boot Party -- failed to notify the commission of its intention to conduct primary for the October 10 [...]

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    Electoral reform as a step for citizens’ participation

Electoral reform as a step for citizens’ participation

BY MOSHOOD ISAH The steady decline in voter turnout in Nigeria remains a cause for concern and calls to question the nation’s 21 years of uninterrupted democracy. After six circles of general elections, citizens are yet to trust the electoral system enough to participate in it. This is rightly so because the system is yet to inspire citizens' confidence, and this [...]

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    INEC truly independent under Buhari, says Malami

INEC truly independent under Buhari, says Malami

Abubakar Malami, attorney general of the federation, says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has done enough to support the development of electoral process in Nigeria. Malami, who spoke as a panelist at a citizens’ town hall on electoral reforms organised by YIAGA Africa, said Buhari is committed to electoral reforms. Describing the electoral process as a system that is evolving positively, [...]

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    No guns in PUs, arrest with caution — INEC issues election guidelines for security agents

No guns in PUs, arrest with caution — INEC issues election guidelines for security agents

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued guidelines for security operatives deployed for the conduct of elections. The guidelines, issued in conjunction with the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), contain the code of conduct and rules of engagement on how security agents will operate while on election duty. The ICCES, which is made up of various security agencies and [...]

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    FHC chief judge warns judges against granting ex-parte orders on political matters

FHC chief judge warns judges against granting ex-parte orders on political matters

John Tsoho, chief judge (CJ) of the federal high court, has warned judges against granting ex-parte orders on political matters. The chief judge also advised judges not to entertain matters of which substance arose from outside their judicial divisions. In a circular dated June 24 and entitled 'grant of ex parte orders and hearing of cases from outside immediate territorial jurisdiction', the [...]

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    ‘New’ APC swings into action, notifies INEC of Ondo guber primary

‘New’ APC swings into action, notifies INEC of Ondo guber primary

The caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has notified the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of its intention to hold a primary election to pick its governorship candidate for Ondo state. In a letter dated June 25 and addressed to Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, Mai Mala Buni, chairman of the caretaker/extra-ordinary convention committee; and John Udoedehe, secretary; said the [...]

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    INEC on Edo poll: Conflicting court orders can harm conduct of elections

INEC on Edo poll: Conflicting court orders can harm conduct of elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the spate of pre-election litigations as well as conflicting court orders can disrupt the smooth conduct of primaries and the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state. In a statement on Tuesday, Festus Okoye, INEC's national commissioner for information and voter education, said the commission deliberated on a range of issues concerning the governorship election which is [...]

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    ‘Edo APC guber primary not approved’ — Giadom writes INEC

‘Edo APC guber primary not approved’ — Giadom writes INEC

Victor Giadom, who recently declared himself as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the party's primary to select a candidate for the Edo governorship election has not been approved. The APC governorship primary began on Monday morning with voting currently taking place across the wards in Edo state. In a letter dated June 18 but received by the Independent [...]

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    ‘I’m the acting national chairman of APC’ — Giadom writes INEC

‘I’m the acting national chairman of APC’ — Giadom writes INEC

Victor Giadom, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has written a letter to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), introducing himself as the  acting national chairman of the ruling party. The party has been embroiled in a leadership crisis following the appeal court ruling that upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman of the [...]

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    Edo guber: You have 10 days left for primaries, INEC tells political parties

Edo guber: You have 10 days left for primaries, INEC tells political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given political parties 10 days to conduct their primary election for the Edo state governorship poll. Speaking at the inter-agency consultative committee on election on Wednesday, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said the deadline will not be extended after June 27. TheCable had reported that only 15 political parties indicated interest in the September 19 election. "All political parties interested [...]

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    INEC: We won’t declare any winner if Edo, Ondo gov polls are disrupted

INEC: We won’t declare any winner if Edo, Ondo gov polls are disrupted

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the electoral umpire will not declare any winner in the upcoming elections in Edo and Ondo if they are disrupted. Yakubu, who spoke specifically about the Edo and Ondo governorship polls, said the commission will not endorse any exercise below its minimum standard. He said this on Tuesday at a virtual [...]

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    Setback for Obaseki as INEC confirms direct primary for Edo APC

Setback for Obaseki as INEC confirms direct primary for Edo APC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo will select its candidate for the September election through direct primary. In a statement issued on Tuesday, INEC said the APC leadership has indicated that direct primary will hold on June 22. But this is against the wish of Godwin Obaseki, the governor who is seeking reelection. [...]

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    Edo primary: Oshiomhole violating our party’s constitution, says APC chieftain

Edo primary: Oshiomhole violating our party’s constitution, says APC chieftain

Muhammad Jibrin, former deputy national auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says a letter written by Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s national chairman, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is enough to remove him from office. In a letter dated May 19, Oshiomhole informed the electoral commission that the party had agreed to choose its governorship candidate for the Edo [...]

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    CSOs plan town hall on Ondo, Edo gov polls

CSOs plan town hall on Ondo, Edo gov polls

Some civil society organisations (CSOs) have announced a virtual town hall meeting which will focus on the conduct of the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states amid the coronavirus pandemic. The event, being organised by YIAGA Africa and its partners, will hold on June 3 and will focus on public safety and transparency in the upcoming elections. In a statement on [...]

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    COVID-19: INEC to receive names of Edo, Ondo guber candidates online, to pilot e-voting

COVID-19: INEC to receive names of Edo, Ondo guber candidates online, to pilot e-voting

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will adopt electronic platforms for the submission of nomination forms by political parties in the Edo and Ondo governorship elections. INEC said this in its new policy on conducting elections released amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the policy document signed by Mahmood Yakubu, its chairman, INEC said during the elections in Edo and Ondo [...]

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    INEC reopens offices in Ondo, Edo ahead of guber elections

INEC reopens offices in Ondo, Edo ahead of guber elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered the immediate reopening of its Edo and Ondo offices in preparation for the governorship elections in both states. The commission made the announcement in its "guidelines for resumption after the COVID-19 lockdown" shared on Facebook on Wednesday. INEC scheduled the elections in Edo and Ondo states for September 19 and October 10, respectively. Despite the [...]

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