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JUST IN: INEC Releases Date For 2023 General Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday announced that the 2023 general elections in the country will hold February 18, 2023.

INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Wednesday during a one-day public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill 2021.

The public hearing was organised by the Senate Committee on INEC.

Yakubu stated, “By the principle established by the Commission, the 2023 General Election will hold on Saturday 18th February 2023 which is exactly one year, nine months, two weeks and six days or 660 days from today.

“We hope to release the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the General Election immediately after the Anambra Governorship election scheduled to hold on 6th November 2021.

“In order to do so, there should be clarity and certainty about the electoral legal framework to govern the election. We are confident that the National Assembly will do the needful in earnest.”

Details later…

INEC says Anambra election to hold November 6

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday released the guidelines for the Anambra State governorship elections, declaring that the election will hold on November 6 this year.

The commission also released the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the governorship election.

According to a statement by the INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, the electoral body said that the guidelines and schedule of activities is in line with the virtue of Section 178(1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Section 25(7) & (8) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

He said that by the constitutional provisions, the election into the office of a state governor shall hold not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office.

Okoye stated that constitutionally “the tenure of the Governor of Anambra State will expire on the March 17, 2022 and the earliest date for the election into the office of Governor, Anambra State, shall be October 18, 2021 and the latest date for the election shall be February 15, 2022.”

“In the exercise of the powers conferred on it by the Constitution, the Electoral Act and all other powers enabling it in that regard, the commission has fixed 6th November 2021 as the date for the conduct of the Anambra State governorship election.

“Consequently, the commission hereby issues the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election,” Okoye explained.

Okoye said that the commission will issue the statutory notice for election on June 9, 2021, adding that the Collection of Forms EC9 (formerly CF001) and EC9B (formerly CF002) for the election will take place on June 10, 2021 and the conduct of party primaries and resolution of disputes arising from the primaries will take place on June 10 to July 1, 2021.

“The personal particulars of the candidates will be published on July 16, 2021 and the parties will commence campaigns on August 8, 2021. The final list of nominated candidates will be published on October 7, 2021.

“The commission enjoins all the registered political parties to pay close attention to the timelines and schedule of activities outlined in the timetable and schedule of activities as they are constitutional and statutorily provisions,” Okoye stated.

INEC enjoined all political parties to conduct rancour-free primaries, guarantee level-playing field for all aspirants and conduct necessary due diligence on all forms and documents that will be submitted to the commission.

Also, he said that the commission is concerned about the spate of acrimonious primaries as well as the nomination of unqualified candidates, which results in avoidable litigations, and the nullification of elections by election petition tribunals.

“We urge all the stakeholders to support the commission’s efforts to strengthen the electoral process, including the deployment of technology to deliver free, fair and credible elections,” Okoye said.

Also, by the notice of guidelines signed by the secretary of INEC, Mrs. Rose Orioran Anthony, the notice of election would be out on June 6, while collection of forms will commence June 10.

EDO: Campaigns have been authorised since June 21, says INEC

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has lifted the ban on campaigns by parties ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.

INEC Head of Voter Education Mr. Timidi Wariowei told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Monday that the campaigns officially began on June 21.

He said: “Campaigns have officially started in the state. Campaign starts 90 days to election and it started on June 21.”ariowei said the office had taken delivery of some non-sensitive materials and distributed same to the 18 local governments.

“We distributed materials early because the office we are occupying has a small storage capacity.

“The storage facility cannot accommodate all the materials. So, as the materials come, we dispatch to our local government offices.

“The non-sensitive materials we have received so far are not complete, so as they come in batches we distribute because of lack of space to keep them,” he said.

Wariowei said the total registered voters as at 2019 was 2,210,534, while uncollected PVCs stood at 483,868.

NAN reports that INEC has cleared and displayed list of candidates of 14 registered parties, including the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, being the major contenders, ahead of the election.

Too many pre-election litigations in Edo worry INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday expressed concerns over the spate of pre-election litigations and the conflicting orders emanating ahead of Edo governorship election.

The commission in a statement issued by Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja said the spate of litigations could harm the smooth conduct of primaries and the upcoming elections.

Okoye said that INEC met on Tuesday and deliberated on a range of issues including the ongoing conduct of Party Primaries relating to the Edo governorship election slated for Sept. 19.

He said that the commission also deliberated on the Court Orders emanating from the administration of political parties and conduct of the primaries, as well as the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for Security Officials on Electoral Duty.

“The Commission notes that the conduct of party primaries, including resolution of disputes arising therefrom will end on June 27.

“The submission of the list of candidates the parties propose to sponsor at the election and affidavits of validly nominated candidates will close at 6 p.m on Monday, June 29,” he said.

Okoye advised political parties to note that the organisation and scheduling of various activities and processes leading to the conduct of elections were complex and involve extensive and careful planning.

He added that any disruption of those processes comes at a huge cost to the nation.

“The spate and tenor of pre-election litigations and the conflicting orders emanating therefrom can harm the smooth conduct of primaries and the upcoming elections.

“The Commission is closely monitoring the cases arising from the administration of political parties, the conduct of primaries and nomination of candidates.

“This notwithstanding, the Commission restates its avowed commitment to continue to obey all orders and judgments from properly constituted courts in accordance with the rule of law,” he said.

Okoye said that as part of the commission’s commitment to deepen the use of technology in elections, the commission would conduct a training programme for Liaison Officers nominated by all the registered Political Parties on the use of the INEC Portal for uploading nomination forms of candidates.

The training, according to him, will take place at the Conference Hall of the commission on Thursday (June 26) and Friday (June 27) in two batches, to allow for physical distancing in line with the COVID-19 protocols.

Okoye disclosed that the commission also considered the report from the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), which recently approved a Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for Security Officials on Electoral Duty.

The code is signed by the Chairman of INEC, the National Security Adviser (NSA) as Co-Chairman of ICCES and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) as head of the lead agency in election security.

Okoye said that the code would be uploaded on the websites of the commission, the Office of the NSA and the Nigeria Police Force on June 25.

See Full List of 18 Parties That Survived, 74 That Were Deregistered

As the Independent National Electoral Commission deregisters 74 political parties in the country, Nigeria now has 18 parties.

The electoral commission said the deregistered party did not satisfy the requirements of the fourth alteration to the constitution.

INEC added that the Action Peoples Party filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it, “consequently, the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court.”

With the deregistration, political parties in the country are now the All Progressives Congress, Peoples Democratic Party, Accord, Action Alliance, African Action Congress, African Democratic Congress, Action Democratic Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Allied People’s Movement, Labour Party and New Nigeria People’s Party.

Others are: National Rescue Movement, Peoples Redemption Party, Social Democratic Party, Young Progressive Party, Zenith Labour Party, Boot Party and Action People’s Party.

The deregistered parties are Advanced Allied Party, All Blending Party, Advanced Congress Of Democrats, Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria, Alliance For Democracy, All Grassroots Alliance, All Grand Alliance Party, Advanced Nigeria, Democratic Party, Alliance For New Nigeria, Alliance National Party, Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, African People Alliance, Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance, Alternative Party Of Nigeria, Alliance Of Social Democrats, Alliance For A United Nigeria, Better Nigeria Progressive Party, Change Advocacy Party, Coalition For Change, Change Nigeria Party, Congress Of Patriots, Democratic Alternative, Democratic People’s Congress, Democratic People’s Party, Fresh Democratic Party, Freedom And Justice Party, Grassroots Development Party Of Nigeria, Green Party Of Nigeria, Hope Democratic Party, Independent Democrats, Justice Must Prevail Party, Kowa Party, Liberation Movement, Legacy Party Of Nigeria, Mass Action Joint Alliance and Modern Democratic Party.

List of De-Registered Political Parties
“75 political parties did not satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution. However, one of the political parties, the APP filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the Commission from deregistering it

Others are Masses Movement Of Nigeria, Mega Party Of Nigeria, Movement For The Restoration And Defence Of Democracy, National Action Council, Nigeria Community Movement Party, National Conscience Party, Nigeria Democratic Congress Party, National Democratic Liberty Party, Nigeria Elements Progressive Party, Nigeria For Democracy, New Generation Party Of Nigeria, National Interest Party, Nigeria People’s Congress, New Progressive Movement, National Unity Party, People’s Coalition Party, People For Democratic Change, People’s Democratic Movement, Progressive People’s Alliance, Providence People’s Congress, People’s Party Of Nigeria, People’s Progressive Party, People’s Trust, Reform And Advancement Party, Re-Build Nigeria Party, Restoration Party Of Nigeria, Save Nigeria Congress, Sustainable National Party, Socialist Party Of Nigeria, United Democratic Party, United Patriots, United People’s Congress, Unity Party Of Nigeria, United Progressive Party, We The People Nigeria, Young Democratic Party, Yes Electorates Solidarity and Youth Party.

INEC deregisters 74 political parties, give reasons

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday deregistered 74 political parties in Nigeria.

This was disclosed on Thursday by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at a news conference in Abuja.

Yakubu disclosed that the decision was taken by the commission in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“The political parties were deregistered because of their failure to meet various criteria stipulated by the constitution during the elections, ” Yakubu said

Nigeria in total has 92 political parties registered.

With the new move by INEC, Nigeria now officially has 18 registered political parties.

ENUGU EAST SENATORIAL ELECTIONS: Declare Results Based on Card Reader or Cancel It, Prince Lawrence Ezeh Asks INEC

Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Enugu East Senatorial zone, Prince Engineer Lawrence Ezeh has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rely on the figures collated from the card readers to declare the results for the Saturday 23rd February elections or outrightly cancel the elections.

Ezeh stated this in a petition addressed to the INEC where he accused the People’s Democratic Party in Enugu state, the state government and certain local government chairmen/political appointees of the state government of heavy involvement in rigging of the polls.

The engineer described the elections as “a dawn to dusk electoral robbery and reckless manipulation/inflation of votes and figures in the various polling units where ballot boxes/papers were snatched and figures inflated massively in obvious contradiction of the genuine and accurate figures contained in the card readers by the hired thugs and serving political office holders of the PDP in Enugu State”.

He equally affirmed that this is not a true reflection of the wishes and aspirations of the people of the Senatorial zone, and that the call became necessary to avoid the eruption of “avoidable anarchy and total breakdown of law and public peace, should the compromised results be mistakenly or deliberately declared”.

In his account of what happened, Ezeh accused the PDP of using hired thugs and political appointees to “brazenly snatch ballot boxes and papers,…and drove themselves in branded private security vehicles across local governments,..and snatched ballot boxes and papers to secret locations where they quartered their hired agents who thumb-printed on the ballot papers”.

Specifically giving the names of one Mr Freedom Nnam (deputy chairman of Enugu East LGA) and one Mr Patrick Okoh(state youth leader of PDP), Ezeh said the thumb printers unfortunately, could not match their activities with intelligence, as the figures they generated were over bloated and cannot be reconciled with the accredited figures in the card reader machine. He also accused them of threatening to brutalize the handlers of the card readers, after failing to induce them to compromise the actual figures in the card readers, which reflects the actual number of accredited voters.

According to the petition, with the connivance of a few security personnel, the PDP forced INEC officials from the various polling units or ward collation centres to move to local government headquarters across the zone where they threw caution to the wind, and chased away APC agents.

He implored the INEC to, without further delay, reject whatever figures were generated from the ballot papers as this does not reflect the votes cast in the zone.

Further, the document mentioned Enugu East and Isi Uzo Local Governments as areas where voters were chased away by thugs on the instructions of the PDP state chairman, Mr Nnamani. This according to him, is because the said voters refused to succumb to the temptation of monetary inducement by the PDP.

He further said that “one can hardly exhaust the accounts of fundamental electoral irregularities that has befallen the conduct of the Enugu East Senatorial zone. Incidentally, the result is yet to be announced, and can hardly be announced at this stage in view of the overbearing criminal activities of the employees and agents of the PDP which is the ruling party in Enugu State.

“We call on you at this moment to rise to the occasion and openly defend our electoral jurisprudence and the independence of your institution, the INEC by accepting the only thing that is most noble at this stage, which is outright cancellation of the entire electoral process or declaration of the only result solely generated in the card readers if need be. This is exactly what has been done in other federating states of our country where similar issues arose. We are ready to come up with more documentary evidence on demand by your office”, Ezeh said.

Breaking-2019 General Elections: INEC fixes dates for party primaries

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the 2019 election time table, fixing party primaries for August 18 2018 (for presidential and national assembly elections) and October 17 2018 for governorship and state assembly elections.

Here are the dates below:

*COLLECTION OF FORMS FOR POLITICAL PARTIES FOR ALL ELECTIONS TO BE ISSUED TO CANDIDATES*
*17TH AUGUST TO 24TH AUGUST 2018.*

CONDUCT OF PARTY PRIMARIES INCLUDING RESOLUTION OF DISPUTE ARISING FROM PRIMARIES.
*18TH AUGUST ENDS 07TH OCTOBER 2018.*

*COMMENCEMENT OF CAMPAIGN BY POLITICAL PARTIES.*

PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
*18TH NOVEMBER 2018*

GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
*01ST DECEMBER 2018.*

LAST DAY OF SUBMISSION OF FORMS CF001 AND CF002 AT INEC HQ (FOR ALL ELECTIONS)
PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
*18TH OCTOBER 2018.*

GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
*02ND NOVEMBER 2018.*

PUBLICATIONS OF PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF CANDIDATES (CF001)
PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
*25TH OCTOBER 2018*

GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
*09TH NOVEMBER 2018.*

LAST DAY OF WITHDRAWAL BY CANDIDATES/REPLACEMENT BY POLITICAL PARTIES.
PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
*17TH NOVEMBER 2018*

GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
*01ST DECEMBER 2018.*

LAST DAY OF SUBMISSION OF NOMINATION FORMS BY POLITICAL PARTIES.
PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
*03RD DECEMBER 2018*

GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
*17TH DECEMBER 2018.*

SUBMISSION OF NAMES OF PARTY AGENTS FOR ELECTION TO ELECTORIAL OFFICERS OF THE LOCAL GOVT AREAS.
PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
*01ST FEBRUARY 2019*

GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
*16TH FEBRUARY 2019.*

LAST DAY OF CAMPAIGN.
PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
*14TH FEBRUARY 2019*

GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
*28TH FEBRUARY 2109.*

DATE OF ELECTIONS.
PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
*16TH FEBRUARY 2019*

GOVERNORSHIP AND STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
*28TH FEBRUARY 2019.*

I Didn’t Hand Over A Collapsed Nation To Buhari – Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has replied his critics who accused him of handing over a nation at the verge of collapse to his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Jonathan recounted the achievements of his government to include, handing over a country that produced the richest man in Africa.

Jonathan said, “I took over a Nigeria that was the second largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009, I handed over a Nigeria that had grown to become the largest economy in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the World with a GDP of $574 billion.

“I inherited a Nigeria in which the trains were not working, and handed over a Nigeria in which citizens can safely travel by trains again.

I inherited a Nigeria that was a net importer of cement, and handed over a Nigeria that is a net exporter of cement.

In 2009 the richest Nigerian was the 5th richest man in Africa, but I handed over a Nigeria that produced the richest man in Africa.

”The former President stated that democracy will continue to grow in the African continent if leaders value the process of elections more than the product of the process.

He said, “Even in the 2015 general elections in my country, Nigeria, there was potential for major crisis if I was not a President duly elected by the will of the people.

“The campaigns leading to the elections almost polarized the country into Christian vs Muslims and North vs South divide.

Most World leaders were worried that our elections will result into major crisis.
Some pundits even from here in the United States said that those elections would spell the end of Nigeria and that we would cease to exist as a nation because of the polls.

That is where the leadership question comes into play.

As a leader that was duly elected by the people, I considered the people’s interest first.

How do I manage my people to avoid killings and destruction of properties?

With the interest of the people propelling all the decisions I took, we were able to sail through.

Indeed, we sail through because I refused to interfere with the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, having appointed a man I had never met in my life to run it.

My philosophy was simple. For elections to be credible, I as a leader, must value the process more than the product of the process. And the citizens must have confidence in the electoral body.

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490,000 PVCs not yet collected in Edo-REC

Edo  State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Sam Olumekun had said out of the 1.7 million persons registered in the last registration exercises conducted in Edo State, a total number of four hundred and ninty thousand are yet to collect their Permanent Voters Card. 

Mr. Sam Olumekun made the clarification in a press briefing with newsmen in Benin City.

Mr. Olumekun said the Independent National Electoral Commission in order to improving on the electoral processes and preventing the disenfranchisement of electorate in the state, the body has set out Wednesday June  22 to Sunday 26 to carry out a continuous registration exercises on those attaining the ages of eighteen, those who could not registered during the last registration exercise, those who registered but could not find their names on the existing voters registers, those whose names appeared on the registers but without their photographs and those without any forms of disability but whose finger prints were not captured during the last election and to give to those who have registered but have not collected theirs.

He said twenty political parties are active in Edo State while only nine have indicated interest to contest in the state’s governorship election come September 10.

The INEC boss said the body will supervise all the parties primaries and ensure that equal opportunity is given to all to avoid unnecessary tensions and anxiety which could lead to the breakdown of law and order.

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