Polls: No face mask, no voting, INEC tells voters

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has foreclosed provision of face masks to voters during the Edo and Ondo governorship elections. The commission, however, said wearing of face mask is compulsory, but warned that any voter who fears to wear or wears branded face mask of political party at the polling unit would not be allowed to vote. INEC National Commissioner, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, at the first virtual consultative meeting with the media, which was presided over by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, explained that wearing face masks of a…

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Court backs INEC, upholds de-registration of 74 political parties

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has held that Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has the power  to deregister political parties which failed to comply with the provisions of the law, particularly Section 225 A of the 1999 Constitution as amended. Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in a judgment delivered in a Suit filed by the National Unity Party, one of the 74 parties deregistered by the INEC in February, held  that the constitutional power of the electoral commission and the reasons given by the Commission for the  deregistration of parties were…

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Guber polls: INEC orders reopening of Edo, Ondo offices

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ordered the immediate reopening of its Edo and Ondo State offices where governorship election would be held this year. This is however, to be in consultation with the relevant state governments, which will issue the necessary permits. In a guideline for the resumption of duties issued to staff both at national headquarters and state offices, the commission promised to make funds available to meet “the hygiene protocols (decontamination, hand sanitizers etc)” to the two state offices as soon as possible. A new timetable…

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INEC bars nursing mothers, pregnant staff from resumption

…consults health authorities, security agencies on Edo, Ondo polls   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday agreed to resume normal activities at its offices nationwide on Wednesday next week after decontamination. It, however, told staff with heath challenges, nursing mothers and pregnant women to stay away from the offices. INEC National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement said the commission directed its directors and other designated staff of the various departments to resume at its national headquarters on May 13 after…

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INEC decides on Edo, Ondo guber polls today

…releases additional vehicles to combat COVID-19   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will meet today to decide on the scheduled Edo and Ondo governorship elections as well as the postponed senatorial polls in Bayelsa, Imo and Plateau states. At its meeting last week, the commission promised to unveil “a clear road map and guidelines for resumption of activities” after today’s meeting. This followed the relaxation of the lockdown on Monday by President Muhammadu Buhari to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. INEC National Commissioner, Festus…

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INEC loses computers, copiers, documents to inferno, says no cause for alarm

An inferno, which guttered the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Friday affected some computers, photocopiers and documents. But the Commission said it will not affect its activities. The fire, according to the National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, was noticed by some staff on duty at the office of the director of the Election and Party Monitoring (EPM) department, and quickly alerted the fire service personnel stationed at the Commission’s headquarters. According to Okoye, the fire started between 11 and 11. 30 am but…

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2019: Parties yet to submit list of candidates – INEC

…as Ibeanu heads operations, logistics committee   The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said none of the 89 political parties that notified it of their intention to conduct primaries has sub-mitted list of sponsored candidates. The commission has also carried out major reorganization of five of its 15 standing committees with Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu heading the operations and logistics committee.INEC, in a statement after its weekly meeting yesterday, however reminded the parties that the October 18 and Novermber 2 for the submission of Form CFOO2 and Form CF 001, for…

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BREAKING: Senate approves N234bn for INEC

The Senate has approved N234.51 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The approved sum is about N7.9 billion less than the N242.45 billion requested by President Buhari. The Senate also approved that the total sum of N189 billion which will be for the funding of the 2019 elections be moved from both recurrent and capital components of the special intervention programme. Details later…

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APC to INEC: You can’t bar us from fielding candidates in Zamfara

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to the letter of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), stating that the Commission cannot bar the party from fielding candidates in Zamfara State. According to the party, it would be illegal for the Commission to do that. INEC had on Tuesday in a letter stated that the APC would not field candidates in Zamfara because the party could not conduct its primaries. But reacting, the APC in a letter signed by its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said that the party’s primaries…

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INEC ban: APC consulting lawyers for response on Zamfara

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The All Progressives Congress(APC) is consulting its lawyers in its legal department to file a reaction on the eligibility of its candidates to run in Zamfara state in the 2019 election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said in a letter today that the party is not eligible to field candidates for governorship, national assembly and state assembly positions in Zamfara. The letter signed by Okechukwu Ndeche, the commission’s acting Secretary read: “Failure to Conduct Primaries in Zamfara State Within the Stipulated Time-frame“ . “ Please refer to the timetable…

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