INEC, PUAN strategise on ways to check vote buying

November 30, 2022 Adeola Akinbobola Abuja 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Polling Unit Ambassadors of Nigeria (PUAN) said strategies were being worked out to effectively police the polling units to tackle vote buying ahead of 2023. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, commended the initiative while receiving PUAN members after a roadwalk tagged “Operation Don’t Sell Don’t Buy Votes. Yakubu represented by the Senior Officer, Read More

2023: In Jigawa, Lamido will emerge

November 30, 2022 Musa Ibrahim 0

In the build up to the 2023 general elections and the lifting of the embargo on campaigns by political parties by the nation’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the political atmosphere is steaming up across the country. Exploiting the opportunity, it’s interesting as political gladiators have been trying to situate themselves at vantage positions against their perceived Read More

2023: Our desire to conduct credible elections sacrosanct – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Friday declared that its desire to conduct credible elections was sacrosanct; hence the need to seek the support and cooperation of stakeholders in order to achieve the objective. INEC’s director of ICT, Barry Paul Omokore, made the declaration at a one-day capacity building workshop for journalists in the North-east on conflict-sensitive reporting held at Read More

2023: Adamu didn’t kick against BVAS, electronic transmission of results – APC 

November 25, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Contrary to doubt expressed by the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Adamu on the use of BVAS by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the party has distanced itself from the position. The party said Adamu did not kick against the deployment of BVAS or electronic transmission of results as reported by sections of the Read More

The menace of vote-buying

November 23, 2022 Blueprint 0

Another general elections are around the corner, the seventh since the restoration of democracy in Nigeria in 1999.It is now less than 100 days before polling units open at 8:30am on Saturday, February 25, 2023 for national elections (presidential and National Assembly) and two weeks later on Saturday, March 11, 2023, for state elections (governorship and state houses of assembly). Read More

The fire this time

November 23, 2022 Nick Dazang 0

Its statutory mandate demands, among others, that the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) registers eligible voters, registers political parties, does oversight on the political parties, carries out voter education, promotes knowledge of sound democratic processes and conducts elections. To effectively carry out these lofty but challenging activities, INEC requires offices in all the 774 Local Government Areas and 8,809 Wards/Registration Area Read More

Kauran Bauchi and his infrastructure revolution In Toro

November 21, 2022 Engr Joshua Titus Sanga 0

As next year’s general elections draw near, candidates contesting for various elective positions in Nigeria have started touring to meet with the electorate to canvass for support and votes. The improvement in quality and efficiency of the electoral system especially with the introduction of Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BAVAS) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has further brightened the Read More

2023: Plot to remove INEC chairman over BVAS still alive – CUPP 

November 21, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Coalition of opposition political parties (CUPP) has commended the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Yakubu Mohammed, on his determination to ensure a credible election. CUPP spokesperson Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere while addressing a world press conference Monday in Abuja, noted that the INEC Chairman’s insistence on the use of BVAS for the February elections, the publication of Read More

2023 general elections: INEC reveals plans on underage voting

November 21, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that there won’t be underage voting in the 2023 general elections. The commission’s director of voter registration and publicity, Victor Aluko, made this known in an interview on Channels Television on Sunday. He said they have a plan to ensure that underage voters do not participate in 2023 election. Aluko also promised Read More

2023: Going to the polls amidst rising insecurity

November 20, 2022 Blueprint 0

Africa’s biggest election would be held in February 2023 in Nigeria. It is the seventh successive general election in Nigeria’s 23 years of unbroken democratic experiment after the end of military rule in 1999.That election would be massive with an estimated 95 million registered voters who would go to the polls in 176,846 polling units across 774 local government areas.A Read More

Advice to Nigerians and INEC

November 15, 2022 Blueprint 0

It is a fact that the 2023 presidential election is around the corner. The campaigni where different political tactics will be played are also on. This article is written majorly to advise compatriots on what they should do during campaigns and electioneering. We all know that Nigeria is bogged down by insecurity, bigotry, economic malaise, political uncertainties, among others. To Read More

The INEC huge litigation burden

November 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that with less than three months to the 2023 general elections, it has 600 legal hurdles to contend with across different courts is a cause for concern. The cases, the body said, were all around the outcome of party primaries and nomination of candidates, which had become a source of Read More

2023: IPAC condemns attack on Atiku, INEC office in Borno, Ogun

November 12, 2022 Muhammad Tanko Shittu Jos 0

The Inter-Party Advisory Council, Northern Forum, has condemned in strong terms, the attack on Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Presidential campaign team in Maiduguri. It also condemned the attack on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), office in Ogun State. The Council made known its condemnation, Friday, in a press release issued, by its Chairman, Hon. Abubakar Dogara, who is also the Read More

2023 polls and electoral prophecies

November 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

Even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sounded the whistle to kick-start the campaign activities for the 2023 general elections a few weeks ago, some clerics have been bombarding the media space with prophecies of those who would clinch elective positions across different political parties. Sadly, this practice has been part of our electoral processes in recent years …they Read More

Breaking: Fire razes INEC office in Ogun [PICTURES]

November 10, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

Hakeem Adegbenro, Abeokuta Fire has razed an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office located at Iyana Mortuary, in Abeokuta, the state capital, overnight. When Blueprint correspondent visited the location, it was observed that some of the offices have been damaged, indicating that some vital documents may have been lost in the inferno. The cause of the fire remain sketchy as Read More

Missing Anambra INEC official found dead

November 9, 2022 Blueprint 0

An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Osita Duruocha, who was declared missing has been found dead. His corpse was found along Isu-Aniocha-Urum road in Awka North local government area of Anambra state. The deceased was a Principal Executive Officer II on Grade Level 10 at the electoral commission. INEC national spokesperson, Barr Festus Okoye, stated this in Read More

The relationship of INEC chairman, NCs and RECs explained

November 7, 2022 Blueprint 0

1-Introduction This easy-to-understand explanatory note is necessitated by the needless debate on the membership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) or otherwise of the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) of the 36 states and FCT that is being unnecessarily magnified by outsiders, which may result in causing avoidable tension within the commission at a critical time of transition (new National Read More

How flooding may affect Nigeria’s 2023 elections

November 3, 2022 Blueprint 0

The recent spate of flooding has left Nigeria counting losses since early October as over 2.5 million people were affected. In what is fast becoming an annual occurrence, many parts of Nigeria have experienced flooding with the correlating loss of land, lives and livelihoods.Despite historically difficult incidents, the recent cases of flooding appear to be the worst the country has Read More

2023: INEC’ll partner security agencies to arrest, prosecute perpetrators of violence –Yakubu

October 28, 2022 Emeka Nze Abuja 0

With political campaigns entering critical stage, Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has called for effective collaboration between the commission and security agencies to address the menace of political violence. According to INEC, it would partner with security agencies to arrest and prosecute violators of the law. He noted that the acts of violence during campaigns Read More

Ebonyi 2023: Tension, uncertainty as violence mars campaigns

October 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

Despite the appeals by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Police for peaceful campaigns, violence has marred electioneering in Ebonyi state as opposition politicians have been allegedly attacked, leading to tension ahead of the 2023 general elections. PAUL OKAH takes a look at the unfolding events. There is palpable tension in Ebonyi state as a result of the Read More

4 months to 2023 presidential election, INEC reveals number of registered voters in Nigeria

October 27, 2022 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Wednesday said following the its cleaning up of newly registered voters, the remaining 9,518,188 new voters have been added to existing register of 84,004,084 voters to bring it to 93,522,272 million voters. INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu stated this at the third quarterly meeting with political parties at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. He Read More

Candidates should not promise much

October 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

The 2023 campaign season has begun in earnest after the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in line with its time table, gave political parties the green light. Our politicians who neither visit their constituencies nor fulfill their promises have turned to or become regular visitors to communities with another brand of concocted lies and pipe dream promises. Read More

The Constitution, Electoral Act 2022, Lawn, Akpabio, Falana, INEC and next year’s elections

October 24, 2022 Mohammed Haruna 0

The trigger for this rather longish article is the controversy that has surrounded recent party primaries for candidates for next year’s two-part general election which will begin with those of the president and members of the National Assembly on February 25, 2023, and end with those of state governors and members of state Houses of Assembly two weeks later, i.e., Read More

INEC’s timely warning to political parties

October 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

The warning issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to political parties, their candidates and supporters not to complicate the security situation of the country is not only timely but also germane to the successful conduct of peaceful, credible and acceptable general elections scheduled for February next year. INEC expressed worry that, even as it is working hard to Read More

Plot to remove INEC chairman, suspend BVAS ‘ll cause electoral crisis, NEYLC warns

October 22, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The Nigerian Ethnic Youths Leaders Council (NEYLC) has warned against the move to instigate National Assembly to remove the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and suspend the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in next year’s general elections. The group, which alleged that some politicians are plotting to remove the INEC Chairman through the Read More