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    Presidential form for N10m… and 16 other highlights of amended electoral act

Presidential form for N10m… and 16 other highlights of amended electoral act

On March 30, the eighth senate passed the Electoral Act No 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2017 after years of unsuccessful attempts by its predecessors.The passage of the bill took meticulous effort and heated debates.  The upper legislative chamber had even put off consideration of the bill several times owing to divergent views expressed by its members.The bill is aimed at [...]

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    Senate halts confirmation of RECs over Buhari’s ‘inaction on Magu’

Senate halts confirmation of RECs over Buhari’s ‘inaction on Magu’

The senate has suspended the confirmation of the 27 resident electoral commissioners (RECs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.Peter Nwaoboshi, senator representing Delta north, had moved a motion that the exercise be suspended based on the refusal of the executive to accept the senate's rejection of Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and [...]

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    FLASHBACK: Two years ago, Nigeria made history by voting for ‘change’

FLASHBACK: Two years ago, Nigeria made history by voting for ‘change’

The hands that beat the drums of war may be active for so long, producing sounds so intimidating for too long, but when those hands are called to clap in unison, the drums go silent, like they were never made to make some noise. This is the story of change.Before March 28, 2015 -- exactly two years ago -- intelligence [...]

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    Fire outbreak at INEC headquarters

Fire outbreak at INEC headquarters

There was an outbreak of fire at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday.The fire was said to have started from a spark from an air conditioner in the office of the personal assistant to Mahmoud Yakubu, the chairman.The fire was later put out before it could do a severe damage to the office it started [...]

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    Buhari nominates 28 INEC RECs, seeks senate confirmation

Buhari nominates 28 INEC RECs, seeks senate confirmation

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the names of 28 nominees for confirmation as resident electoral commissioners (RECs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).The request was contained in ‎letter dated February 27, which was read by Bukola Saraki, senate president, in plenary on Thursday.The letter was sent to the upper legislative chamber by Yemi Osinbajo, who was at the time [...]

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    ‘Electoral fraud’: INEC queries 202 staff members

‘Electoral fraud’: INEC queries 202 staff members

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has issued 202 queries to its staff members in connection with election malpractices.Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the commission, made this known in Abuja while briefing civil society organsiations under the umbrella of Situation Room, on Thursday.Yakubu said the commission will not tolerate violation of the electoral act no matter who is involved.“So [...]

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    86 associations apply for registration as political parties

86 associations apply for registration as political parties

Eighty-six political associations have applied for registration as political parties, Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said.Yakubu made this known on Tuesday during the quarterly consultative meeting with leaders of political parties at the INEC headquarters in Abuja."Today’s quarterly meeting brings together INEC and political parties in order to discuss a number of pertinent issues in [...]

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    PHOTOS: The INEC officials accused of collecting bribes in Rivers

PHOTOS: The INEC officials accused of collecting bribes in Rivers

On Tuesday, the 23 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accused of receiving bribes during the legislative rerun election in Rivers state were arraigned at a federal high court in Abuja.The police arrested them in January and they have been in detention since then.Below are some pictures of them in court:[...]

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    INEC fixes February 16 for 2019 presidential election

INEC fixes February 16 for 2019 presidential election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday, February 16, as the date for the 2019 presidential and national assembly elections.INEC also revealed that the governorship/state assembly/federal capital territory area council elections will hold on Saturday, March 2 of the year.Solomon Soyebi, national commissioner in charge of south-west, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja."Our democracy is maturing [...]

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    Wike says INEC planning to rig 2019 elections, claims to have ‘authentic intelligence’

Wike says INEC planning to rig 2019 elections, claims to have ‘authentic intelligence’

Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, says that the Independent National Electoral Commission was in collusion with the All Progressives Congress to rig the 2019 general election.Wike on Saturday alleged that INEC intends to post electoral officers from APC states to Rivers during the election.The governor made the allegation during a visit to Etche local government area of the state.He claimed [...]

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    Over 25 INEC officials in hospital after Rivers rerun attack

Over 25 INEC officials in hospital after Rivers rerun attack

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday said more than 25 of its staff members were receiving medical attention as a result of attacks suffered during Saturday’s supplementary election in Etche local government area of Rivers state.In an interview with NAN in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Aniedi Ikoiwak, resident electoral commissioner (REC) blamed the attacks on the people [...]

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    Abducted INEC official regains freedom

Abducted INEC official regains freedom

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says one of its staffers kidnapped during the legislative elections in Etche had been released.May Agbamuche-Mbu, south-south national electoral commissioner in charge of Edo, Bayelsa and Rivers, made this known while speaking to reporters in Etche after monitoring the election.She said the staffer was attacked and kidnapped while on the way to supply election [...]

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    Again, violence breaks out during Rivers rerun, INEC official ‘abducted’

Again, violence breaks out during Rivers rerun, INEC official ‘abducted’

A supervisor of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) at ward 14 in Etche local government area (LGA) of Rivers state has reportedly been abducted.According to NATION, he was kidnapped around 8am when he arrived at the ward for the legislative rerun election.The newspaper quoted some staff of the commission as saying the abductors seized the official vehicle which conveyed [...]

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    Rivers rerun: Etche LGA records low turnout of voters

Rivers rerun: Etche LGA records low turnout of voters

The on-going legislative election on Saturday recorded low turnout in some parts of Etche local government area of Rivers.The election is the conclusion of the 2015 general election to fill up Etche state constituency II and Etche/Omuma federal constituency seats.According to NAN, there was voter apathy at Ward 3, Unit 6 of Etche. Accreditation in the unit reportedly started at 8:30am [...]

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    INEC fixes Nov 18 for Anambra gov election

INEC fixes Nov 18 for Anambra gov election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will hold the Anambra governorship election on November 18, 2017.Solomon Soyebi, a national commissioner INEC, announced this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.He said the 1999 constitution as amended, and the electoral act, had stipulated that the earliest day for the conduct of the election shall be October 18, while [...]

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    Outstanding Rivers election to hold Saturday

Outstanding Rivers election to hold Saturday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday for the conclusion of outstanding 2015 elections in Rivers state.Aniedi Ikoiwak, the resident electoral commissioner (REC) in the state, disclosed this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.He said the exercise would hold in Etche and Omuma local government areas.The election, according to the statement, is to fill the [...]

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