2023 General Elections: INEC Chairman says final list of presidential candidates to be unveiled Sept. 20

…Insists on issued-based campaigns The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has declared that the final list of Presidential and National Assembly candidates will be released on September 20. Prof. Yakubu made the disclosures yesterday, at a meeting between the electoral umpire and representatives of various security agencies organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development, (CDD). He also declared that the list of governorship and State Assembly candidates will equally be released on October 4, while political parties will be allowed to kick-start campaigns…

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2023 Elections: ‘Campaign inside church or mosque and go to jail’ – INEC to politicians

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned political parties and candidates against the use of masquerades, public facilities and religious centres for campaigns. The Commission asked political parties to align strictly with the provisions of the Electoral Act to avoid sanctions as stipulated by the Act.  Recall that INEC had fixed September 28 for the commencement of campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly, while the elections would hold on February 25, 2023. Relying on Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its…

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2023: INEC clears air on mode of transmitting election results

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the Commission has not jettisoned the electronic transmission of election results and reverted to the manual process. The Commission also said an explanation of its result management procedure to mean that the Commission has jettisoned the electronic transmission of results and reverted to the manual process is not correct. According to an issued statement, titled: “Clarification on Electronic Transmission of Election Result”, signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, INEC reassured Nigerians that the…

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Petition nears a 25,000 target demanding INEC to include names, pictures of candidates on ballot papers 

An online petition demanding the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to include the names and pictures of candidates on ballot papers has gained traction, and is nearing its 25,000 target. The petition, which was hosted on the world largest petition platform, change.org, is targeting 25,000 signatures before it becomes a document to be forwarded to policy makers for consideration. It was started by Otuto Chukwuocha a few days ago, has approximately over 23, 800 signatures as of Tuesday evening on the on-line platform. Presenting the petition, Chukwuocha said that including…

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INEC to publish particulars of candidates for 2023 state elections today

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will publish the personal particulars of candidates nominated by their political parties for the 2023 Governorship and State Assembly elections in all the constituencies nationwide today, Friday. The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this at the swearing-in of a new Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Dr. Hale Longpet, yesterday at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja. Yakubu urged Nigerians to scrutinise the particulars and seek judicial remedy for any observed violation of the law.  “As we continue to prepare for the 2023 General…

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2023 Double Nomination Forms: Akpabio, Tambuwal, others risk jail terms – INEC 

The trio of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and Governor Aminu Tambuwal are on the brink of being caught in between the jaws of the law. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Akwa-Ibom State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, yesterday revealed how the trio, amongst other politicians who obtained more than one nomination form risk two years’ imprisonment under the Electoral Act, 2022. The INEC Commissioner, who made this disclosure while featuring on a television programme, quoted Section 115 (D) of the Electoral Act, as the basis of…

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2023: INEC clarifies ‘placeholder’ argument in wake of PDP lawsuit seeking candidates disqualification

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has responded to the lawsuit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) over their choice of presidential running mates. The Commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made this clarification yesterday, during an interview on a television programme. Earlier, the PDP filed a lawsuit against INEC in an effort to prevent the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi,…

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2022 Osun Election: ‘Security, vote-buying our major concerns’ – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has identified vote-buying and insecurity as some of its major concerns ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State. Speaking on Saturday on INEC’s preparedness for the election, the Commission’s Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said plans are on to record a smooth election in the state. The poll, fixed for July 16, is one of the eight off-cycle governorship elections in Nigeria. With the improvement recorded in the performance of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) among other technical successes recorded during the just concluded…

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INEC extends voter registration exercise indefinitely

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, which was to end yesterday, June 30, indefinitely. Its national commissioner and chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed this in an issued statement yesterday. INEC directed all the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioners and local government Electoral Officers to continue with the exercise, pending further directives from the Commission. Okoye said the Commission has consistently reiterated its resolve to continue to provide electoral services to the Nigerian people and register all eligible…

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2023: INEC registers 10,487,972 new voters

…Youths account for 58% The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has disclosed that the on-going voter registration exercise across the nation has recorded a total of over 10 million voters. According to an update of current registered voters, the Commission said that 10,487,972 Nigerians have registered for the Permanent Voters Card (PVC). Giving a breakdown of the registration of voters, INEC said that those that have completed their registration stood at 8,631,696, comprising 3,250,449 that registered online, and 5,381,247 that did physical registration. According to the data posted by INEC,…

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