CLO decries vote-buying, backs INEC on phone ban at polling units

The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) has thrown its weight behind a ban placed on use of mobile phones within poling units by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Speaking at a media interactive forum with members of the Correspondents Chapel, Imo state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), CLO National President, Mr. Uche Wisdom Durueke, a lawyer, said he was relieved that INEC had clarified that the restriction of mobile phones at the polling units was not a blanket ban designed to make the election more of a…

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Ekiti tribunal: PDP lawyers accuse INEC of shielding electoral materials

The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) lawyers and its governorship candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka have accused Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of preventing them from gaining unfettered access to electoral materials. They told the election petition tribunal hearing grievances arising from the July 14 polls that the electoral umpire had not been cooperating fully with them on the need to have a fair accessibility to electoral materials during inspection as ordered by the tribunal. Speaking on behalf of the PDP lawyers, Nurudeen Adegboye, who said INEC ought to have granted…

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Vote-buying: Politicians distribute money laced with curse

  …As parties embark on last minute campaign   Following the threat by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to arrest and prosecute anybody who is involved in vote-buying in tomorrow’s governorship election in Osun State, one of the contending political party, yesterday, commenced distribution of money to induce voters to vote for its candidate. New Telegraph gathered from two reliable sources that the party (name withheld) distributed N10,000 each to some eligible voters at a particular place in Osogbo, the state capital after the voters…

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NRM threatens to sue INEC over exclusion of its candidate

No party was excluded – INEC The National Rescue Movement (NRC), one of the 48 political parties fielding candidates in the Osun State governorship election has given the Independent National Electoral Commission 24 hours to list its candidate among candidates cleared for the election or face court action. The party through its lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, said the commission “negligently, unlawfully, illegally omitted, left out and excluded the name of our client’s candidate from the INEC approved list.” But, INEC in a swift reaction said no political party that met the…

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Osun APC guber aspirant drag party, INEC to court

…seeks cancellation of party primary   A governorship aspirant of the All Progressive Congress in Osun State, Kunle Rasheed Adegoke, yesterday dragged his party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, praying it to cancel the July 20 primary election conducted in the state over alleged irregularities. Adegoke who was one of the team of lawyers who defended Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the last election petition tribunal had approached the court via an originating summons brought pursuant to Section 87(9) of the…

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Voting-buying: INEC to ban use of mobile phones

  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will ban the use of mobile phones at voting centres to check the incidences of vote buying. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who disclosed this yesterday when he received the acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Musa Abubakar, said this was based on reports that sometimes voters take picture of the vote cast and later send to those who would buy the votes.   He assured that votes of the people would continue to determine who…

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2019‎: PDP governors pass no confidence vote on INEC

The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Governors’ Forum has passed a vote of no confidence on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The governors who met in Abuja on Sunday condemned what they described as the politicization of security agencies in the country by the Federal Government, especially the recent invasion of the residence of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark. The forum in a statement by its Chairman, Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday said INEC need to reinvent itself as a truly independent umpire. “For now, we have no confidence in INEC. The…

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Nigeria’s voting population now 84.3m – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has recorded a nationwide total of 84.3 million registered voters. The breakdown, according to the commission, include 14.6 million registered between April 2017 and August this year, and 69.7 million registered before the 2015 general elections. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who addressed Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja yesterday, however, explained that the figure might drop slightly after the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) on the newly registered voters. He, however, said the current figure represents about 21 per cent increase…

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14 million new voters registered in 16 months – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has registered a total of 14 million new voters across the country. They were registered within 16 months under the continuous voter registration (CVR) exercise. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, revealed this at a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja on Thursday. With 14 million more Nigerians registered to vote, Professor Yakubu said the total number of voters registered by the commission now stands at 84 million. The INEC boss added that the number of those who took part in…

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2019: INEC partners NCC to send sms to owners of uncollected PVCs

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is partnering with the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to send messages to owners of the uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVC). A National Commissioner of INEC, Soyebi Adedeji, made this known on Monday in Abuja at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room Dialogue Session on Osun Election. Mr Adedeji said that the measure became imperative in order to remind Nigerians of their civic duty so as to ensure a successful electoral process. He said that the number of uncollected PVCs with the commission…

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