Thursday, January 17, 2019

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    US concerned about neutrality of security agencies during election

US concerned about neutrality of security agencies during election

The United States has raised concern over the handling of security in the elections, starting in February.David Young, a representative of the US embassy in Nigeria, said this during a meeting with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.“One of the concerns is about the neutrality of the security services. For us, it [...]

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    IT’S OFFICIAL: Accreditation, voting to be done simultaneously as INEC releases election guidelines

IT’S OFFICIAL: Accreditation, voting to be done simultaneously as INEC releases election guidelines

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the guidelines for this year's general election.The commission released the guidelines on Monday, introducing new changes in the electoral process.Among the changes is the simultaneous conduct of the accreditation and voting processes.Unlike in the past when voters get accredited and return at a later time for voting proper, a voter will now [...]

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    INEC creates over 8,000 centers for PVC collection

INEC creates over 8,000 centers for PVC collection

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says between January 16 and 21, voters can collect their permanent voters cards (PVCs) from over 8,000 registration areas and wards.Festus Okoye, national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee, said this in a statement on Friday.Okoye said February 8 is the last day any voter could obtain his or her PVC."Collection of [...]

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    61 political parties want Amina Zakari redeployed, reject INEC election guidelines

61 political parties want Amina Zakari redeployed, reject INEC election guidelines

At least 61 political parties have kicked against the draft released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on election guidelines.Ikenga Ugochinyere, publicity secretary of the inter-party advisory council, said in a statement that the 61 parties made their displeasure known in a petition submitted to INEC on Friday.According to Ugochinyere, the parties disagreed with INEC on eight clauses which [...]

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    INEC on elections: We cannot afford to disappoint Nigerians

INEC on elections: We cannot afford to disappoint Nigerians

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the commission will not disappoint Nigeria in the conduct of the forthcoming general election.Yakubu made the pledge when he received Bernhard Schlagheck, German ambassador to Nigeria, during a courtesy visit to the commission on Thursday in Abuja.He said the commission is aware that the world is watching, adding that [...]

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    Saraki: We must block politicians from buying PVCs ahead of polls

Saraki: We must block politicians from buying PVCs ahead of polls

Senate President Bukola Saraki says politicians seeking to procure permanent voter cards (PVCs) ahead of the general election must be stopped.Yusuph Olaniyonu, media aide to Saraki, quoted the senate president as saying this in a statement on Thursday.On Monday, Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said the electoral body is aware of the vote-buying tricks [...]

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    Buhari: We won’t share money from treasury to voters

Buhari: We won’t share money from treasury to voters

President Muhammadu Buhari says he will not approve the use of government's resources for campaign.According to Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, the president made the declaration at the close of the the federal executive council (FEC) in Abuja.He directed cabinet ministers to take advantage of technology to reach out to voters on the need to return the All Progressives Congress (APC) [...]

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    IN DETAIL: 12m housewives, 14m farmers, 22m students… the registered voters

IN DETAIL: 12m housewives, 14m farmers, 22m students… the registered voters

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 22.3 million students are registered to vote for the general elections slated for February and March -- making them the highest voting bloc in the country.Students are closely followed by farmers (crops, livestock, and fish farmers), who are numbered to be 13.6 million or an equivalent of 16.23 percent of all voters.Housewives, at [...]

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    1,068 candidates to contest governorship elections, says INEC

1,068 candidates to contest governorship elections, says INEC

The Independent and National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there are 1,068 governorship candidates in 29 states for the general election.Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, made the disclosure during a consultative meeting with the media in Abuja on Tuesday.He said the elections will feature a total of 73 presidential candidates and 91 political parties.Yakubu said the figures are the highest ever recorded [...]

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    FULL LIST: Lagos alone equals 65% of entire south-east voters

FULL LIST: Lagos alone equals 65% of entire south-east voters

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday announced the total number of voters in the country as over 84 million.Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said the national voter register hit 84,004,084 after the continuous voter registration which ended in 2018.The figure, which constitutes 42 percent of Nigeria’s 198 million population, is 15.17 million more than the 68,833,476 voters who participated [...]

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    Amina Zakari’s family speaks on ties to Buhari’s sister

Amina Zakari’s family speaks on ties to Buhari’s sister

The family of Amina Zakari, a national commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC), has explained its ties to President Muhammadu Buhari.The appointment of Zakari as head of INEC's collation centre in the forthcoming general election has generated controversy.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that she is related to the president and her position would compromise the electoral process.In [...]

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    Amina Zakari breaks silence, says she’s neither Buhari’s niece nor cousin

Amina Zakari breaks silence, says she’s neither Buhari’s niece nor cousin

Amina Zakari, a national commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has denied being a blood relation of President Muhammadu Buhari.In an interview with BBC, Zakari said she is not Buhari's cousin nor niece.Her appointment to head the INEC committee on collation centre has generated controversy.The PDP had alleged she is related to the president and her new position [...]

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    ASUU agrees to participate in elections

ASUU agrees to participate in elections

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to participate in the forthcoming general election.The agreement was reached at a meeting between the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and officials of the union in Abuja.At the end of the meeting, Biodun Ogunyemi. president of ASUU, said the union would not stop its members from participating in the exercise."We had a good [...]

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    INEC: Why we won’t remove Amina Zakari as head of elections collation centre

INEC: Why we won’t remove Amina Zakari as head of elections collation centre

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it does not plan to remove Amina Zakari as head of the collation centre committee for the general election.The commission also denied claims that by heading the committee, Zakari will be involved in the collation of results.INEC announced Zakari as the head of the committee on Thursday when it inaugurated key committees for [...]

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    Fayose on Amina Zakari: Why not just appoint Buhari’s child as INEC chairman?

Fayose on Amina Zakari: Why not just appoint Buhari’s child as INEC chairman?

Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti, says the Independent and National Electoral Commission (INEC) should have appointed one of the children of President Muhammadu Buhari head of the electoral body.Fayose said this in reaction to the appointment of Zakari, a national commissioner at INEC, as chairman of the committee on collation centre for elections.Zakari is said to be related to Buhari.Her appointment has [...]

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    PDP kicks against appointment of Amina Zakari as head of INEC’s collation center

PDP kicks against appointment of Amina Zakari as head of INEC’s collation center

The Peoples Democratic Party has kicked against the appointment of Amina Zakari as head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation center for the elections.Describing her as a relative of President Muhammadu Buhari, the opposition party said her appointment is an invitation to violence.TheCable was not able to immediately confirm if she is related to the president. Both Rotimi Oyekanmi, [...]

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