Monday, September 17, 2018

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    Police warn against vote buying during Osun poll, to prosecute offenders

Police warn against vote buying during Osun poll, to prosecute offenders

The Nigeria police force have warned against the buying and selling of votes in the Osun state governorship election scheduled to hold on Saturday.In a statement, Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, said the force will “deal decisively” with anyone found culpable.“The Nigeria Police Force will not tolerate, condone, or allow vote buying and selling to take place anywhere in Osun State [...]

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    Don’t postpone 2019 elections, Makarfi warns INEC

Don’t postpone 2019 elections, Makarfi warns INEC

Ahmed Makarfi, former governor of Kaduna state, says any attempt to postpone the 2019 general election will threaten the survival of Nigeria's democracy.Makarfi said this in reaction to the statement by Mahmood Yakubu, chairman, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), that the electoral body might be compelled to suspend the 2019 general election following threats of violence by some politicians.Yakubu reportedly said [...]

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    PDP governors tackle Buhari for rejecting electoral act amendment

PDP governors tackle Buhari for rejecting electoral act amendment

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has condemned the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the electoral act (amendment) bill.The forum made the condemnation in a communiqué signed by Ayodele Fayose, its chairman and governor of Ekiti state, after its meeting in in Abuja on Monday.The governors said the president’s decline of assent to the bill was indicative that [...]

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    Report: Federal lawmakers pushing resumption to October

Report: Federal lawmakers pushing resumption to October

Federal lawmakers want their resumption date extended to October, according to PUNCH.The national assembly went on recess on July 24 and fixed resumption date for September 25.But there has been pressure on the leadership of the national assembly to reconvene in order to consider some requests made by President Muhammadu Buhari.The president had asked the lawmakers to approve N242 billion [...]

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    PDP on N45m form: INEC must penalise Buhari for violating electoral act

PDP on N45m form: INEC must penalise Buhari for violating electoral act

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold President Muhammadu Buhari culpable for “violating” provisions of the electoral act.The PDP said this on Thursday while reacting to the presidential nomination form bought for Buhari by a group known as the National Coordinator of Nigeria Consolidation Ambassador Network (NCAN).On Wednesday, the group presented a [...]

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    Osun election: INEC adopts measures to curb vote-buying

Osun election: INEC adopts measures to curb vote-buying

Segun Agbaje, resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Osun state, says vote-buying is a disease that must be stopped.According to NAN, he made the statement during a presentation on INEC’s preparations for the Osun gubernatorial election at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue Session in Abuja.He said the current trend of inducing voters with money is worrisome because it undermines [...]

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    Group begs INEC to extend voter registration

Group begs INEC to extend voter registration

A group known as "Our Lagos, Your Lagos initiative" has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the voter registration period.The registration ended on August 31 after a two-week extension from August 17.In a statement on Saturday, Aregbe Idris, convener of the group commended INEC for a "hitch-free" exercise, saying extending the registration would give eligible voters the [...]

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    CUPP: APC plotting to manipulate Osun poll

CUPP: APC plotting to manipulate Osun poll

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged there is a plot by President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to derail the September governorship poll in Osun state and the 2019 elections.The coalition said part of the alleged plot is being carried out by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).In a statement on Friday, CUPP [...]

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    INEC to SERAP: We can’t prosecute Ekiti vote buyers

INEC to SERAP: We can’t prosecute Ekiti vote buyers

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it lacks the constitutional power to arrest and investigate politicians involved in vote-buying.In a letter sent to the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Okechukwu Ndech, INEC’s acting secretary, said the commission can only partner with relevant security agencies to prosecute electoral offenders.SERAP had in a letter dated July 17 asked INEC to [...]

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    Electoral act amendment bill still under scrutiny, says Ita Enang

Electoral act amendment bill still under scrutiny, says Ita Enang

Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matters, says the final copy of the electoral act amendment bill is being "scrutinised thoroughly" by President Muhammadu Buhari.Enang dismissed the allegation that the president has refused to sign the bill, saying "there is no cause for alarm".The bill was transmitted to the president for assent on August 2, [...]

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    Fresh committee to review revised INEC budget for 2019 polls

Fresh committee to review revised INEC budget for 2019 polls

The national assembly has set up an ad-hoc committee to review the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 elections.The national assembly joint committee had adopted N143 billion for the polls out of the total N189 billion as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari.Udoma Udoma, minister of budget and national planning, had said the president requested the [...]

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    INEC budget: N’assembly committee rejects N189bn, okays N143bn for 2019 polls

INEC budget: N’assembly committee rejects N189bn, okays N143bn for 2019 polls

The national assembly joint committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has adopted N143 billion for the 2019 elections.The committee adopted the amount which President Muhammadu Buhari presented to the legislature in July but refused to approve N45.6bn proposed to be vired from the 2019 budget.In a letter to the senate, Buhari requested that N189.2 billion be released to [...]

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    Garba Shehu: Saraki deliberately pushing this nation to the edge

Garba Shehu: Saraki deliberately pushing this nation to the edge

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, says Senate President Bukola Saraki should be solely held responsible for the delay in the approval of the budget for 2019 polls.Saraki had said the presidency's delay in submitting budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows lack of foresight.But Shehu dismissed this, saying the Saraki-led senate deliberately delayed [...]

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    Saraki: Presidency’s delay in submitting INEC budget shows lack of foresight

Saraki: Presidency’s delay in submitting INEC budget shows lack of foresight

Senate President Bukola Saraki says the national assembly is committed to ensuring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is well funded to conduct the 2019 polls.He said this on Sunday in reaction to the claim of the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) that he was slowing down the approval of the budget request for the elections.In a statement by Olu Onemola, [...]

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    INEC suspends Rivers bye-election over widespread violence

INEC suspends Rivers bye-election over widespread violence

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended the by-election for Port Harcourt Constituency III state assembly seat.Obo Effanga, the resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Rivers, who announced the suspension in a statement on Saturday, cited widespread violence as the reason for the suspension.The bye-election was conducted by INEC to fill the vacancy left by former state assemblyman, Victor Ihunwo, now [...]

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    Bone of contention: The issues delaying INEC’s budget for 2019 polls

Bone of contention: The issues delaying INEC’s budget for 2019 polls

The national assembly joint committee considering the budget for 2019 elections has met on three occasions – and all three meetings have been inconclusive.Before the lawmakers embarked on their annual recess on July 24, President Muhammadu Buhari had sent a supplementary budget of N242 billion to be passed for the 2019 elections.Amid calls to reconvene and pass the budget, the [...]

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