About one year to 2023 polls: INEC waits, tension mounts over unsigned Electoral Bill

With barely one year to the 2023 general elections, Nigerians have continued to express worry over the continued delay in the signing of the Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill 2021. More than any other thing, the delay has kept the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) waiting and guessing on how best to plan ahead of the 2023 general elections. President Read More

NPC proposes N400bn for census, INEC to submit proposal next week

December 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Population Commission (NPC) chairman, Alhaji Nasir Isa Kwarra, Thursday said the National Census scheduled to take place next year would cost N400bn. He told the Senate Appropriation Committee that the amount is the total estimate cost of the census. The committee however said submission from NPC will be added to the expected submission from INEC as part of Read More

INEC worried over few women, PWD’s in elective positions

December 7, 2021 Blueprint 0

A National Commissioner at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Adekunle Ladipo Ogunmola, has regretted that the percentage of women, especially Persons With Disabilities (PWD’s) has remained low despite all efforts by the commission to ensure inclusivity. Ogunmola stated this in Abuja while hosting members of the Network of Disabled Women (NDW) who paid him a courtesy visit to Read More

Ekiti LG polls: Only 6 parties ‘ll participate – EKSIEC

November 22, 2021 Ojo Oladele 0

The Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), Justice Jide Aladejana, has disclosed that six political parties would participate in the local government elections slated for July 4,2021 in the state. Aladejana gave their names as Action Alliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressives Congress(APC), Peoples Redemption Movement(PRM), and Young Progressives Party (YPP). Read More

CVR: INEC records 4.2m in 2nd quarter

November 22, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that fresh registrants in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in the second quarter, week 7, as at 7am Monday 22nd November 2021, stood at 4,297,494. In a weekly update released Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated that completed online and physical registrants stood Read More

Anambra governorship election: Arewa group lauds security agencies, INEC

November 18, 2021 Editor 0

Arewa Youth Federation has said the successful conduct of the governorship election in Anambra state despite threats issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) speaks volume of the gallantry of security agencies. The group also commended Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the professional conduct of it’s officials during the exercise. There were palpable fears following media reports Read More

Direct primaries: Politicians just eat that frog

November 16, 2021 Abdulghani Arobo 0

First, let us burn all the bridges. That must have been the mentality of the National Assembly when it passed the recent amendment to the Electoral Act which mandates the use of “Direct Primaries” by all political parties as the procedure for selecting its candidates for general elections. For any keen observer of our politics, they will agree that after Read More

As Inec beats the odds in Anambra…

November 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Last week’s declaration and the subsequent issuance of the certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Professor Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner of the November 6, governorship election in Anambra state has put to rest the hyped apprehension of bloodshed in the hotbed of the South-east politics.   Soludo Read More

Anambra: Cautious optimism on election technology

November 15, 2021 Moshood Isah 0

Recent elections in Nigeria have continued to reveal how increasingly difficult it is to manipulate the process either by politicians or electoral officials. This may not be unconnected to the improving synergy between electoral stakeholders and continuous deployment of technology to enhance further transparency while blocking loopholes that can be exploited for electoral manipulation. There is indeed value in adopting Read More

2021: Real winners of Anambra governorship election

November 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

EMEKA NZE writes that apart from the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA and its candidate, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo, who got the certificate of return for emerging victorious at the Anambra governorship election, there are other individuals and groups who made immense contributions towards the elections and are therefore winners in their own right  At the ceremony to present certificate of Read More

People versus politicians

November 11, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

The nation heaved a sigh of great relief. We expected the worst in the Anambra State governorship election on November 6 but we received a most pleasant surprise. Heads were not broken with clubs and limbs were not shattered by bullets. The people were allowed to perform their civic duty, warts and all, and elected Professor Charles Soludo of APGA Read More

2023: APC governors move against direct primaries mode

November 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected the direct primaries mode of selecting candidates for elections. The governors under the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) declared that adopting direct primaries by political parties will overstretch the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The National Assembly had passed a bill adopting Section 87 on mandatory direct primaries for Read More

Anambra polls: Enhance transparency of supplementary election- Yiaga tells INEC

November 9, 2021 Adeola Tukuru, 0

Yiaga Africa Watching The Vote has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the total number of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) collected in Ihiala LGA in Anambra state,  in order to enhance the transparency of the supplementary election He further said they should inform the public on the status of uncollected PVCs at the just concluded Anambra gubernatorial Read More

Anambra: CUPP decries failure of BVAS

November 8, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has expressed disappointment over “the massive and fundamental failure of Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) deployed by the Independent Nation Electoral Commission (INEC)” in the conduct of Anambra governorship election. According to CUPP in a statement on Monday, ChairmanMedia Committee, Chukwudi Ezeobika Esq., “the Anambra elections clearly showed that the commission lacks the Read More

Anambra: NYCN commends Corp members, security agencies for peaceful election

November 7, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has commended the National Youth Service Corp members that served as adhoc electoral officials and security agencies in the Anambra governorship election held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 for the role they have played in strengthening democracy in Nigeria.  Vice President of the organisation, Amb. Comrade Akoshile Mukhtar, who gave this commendation Sunday Read More

Anambra election: Improve welfare of policemen on election duty, CLEEN Foundation tells IGP

November 6, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The CLEEN Foundation has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to ensure the welfare package of police officers on election duties are improved.  The Foundation made the call in a statement by its acting Executive Director, Ruth Olofin, Saturday and made available to Blueprint in Abuja. According to the body, “the proper and adequate remuneration of security personnel Read More

2023: Prevail on Tinubu to back Osinbajo, group lobbies govs, Obas, others

November 6, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Governors, traditional rulers, business and political elites in the Yorubaland must carefully weigh various options and seriously consider backing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in 2023, an All Progressives Congress youth group has advocated. According to members of the South West Movement for Osinbajo (SOWEMOVE) who presented a report and copies of correspondence with several Obas and other eminent personalities in Read More

[LIVE) Anambra election: Voters troop out, frustrated as voting machines malfunction in Amesi, Orumba, other areas, PDP candidate votes after long wait (Pictures)

November 6, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu, Awka 0

The governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Valentine Ozigbo) has exercised his franchise at the on ongoing Anambra state governorship poll. It took Ozigbo and his wife over 20 minutes each to cast their votes as at 11.12am at polling unit 010 in Amesi, while the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Raphael Okpalaeke, got frustrated as at Read More

N100bn inadequate for 2023 polls – INEC

November 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that the N100 billion given as a first tranche for the conduct of the 2023 general elections would not be enough. Its chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who made the declaration Friday during a budget defence with the Senate Committee on INEC, said N189 billion was appropriated for the Commission for conduct of Read More

Uncertainty, fears as Anambra votes amid security troubles

…Over 34,000 officers, 3 copters, others to secure lives, ballot … Ensure every single vote counts, INEC boss orders staff …Voter apathy ominous – Mohammed …Victory ours, APC, PDP, APGA boast …IPC establishes special journalists’ safety monitoring, alert desk Today, the people of Anambra state will elect one of the 18 candidates as governor. This is despite the security challenges that Read More

Anambra election ‘ll test resilience of INEC – Okoye

November 3, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye the Anambra governorship election will further test the resilience of Nigerian’s democracy. Okoye who spoke on Tuesday at the stakeholders meeting at Awka Anambra state said the Anambra governorship election has its unique features and characteristics added that it would test the resolve of the commission to conduct Read More

Anambra: Youth ambassador to US warns youths against political thuggery, ballox snatching

November 1, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

Ahead of the Anambra  state governorship election, the Nigerian Youth Ambassador to the United States and Secretary-General, Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC), Dr. Raymond Edoh, has warned the Nigerian youths against electoral violence. Also, he appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to trend with caution while discharging its duties during the exercise so that the decision of the masses Read More