Breaking: INEC approves policy guidelines ahead Edo, Ondo guber polls amidst Covid-19

May 22, 2020 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved its policy on the conduct of governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states despite prevailing Covid-19. According to the commission, “It will flag off robust engagements with its critical stakeholders to present the policy document in view of the end of tenure governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September 19, 2020 and October Read More

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Breaking: Real cause of fire at INEC office exposed

April 17, 2020 Editor 0

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Abuja has been gutted by fire. The fire, caused by power surge, razed the office of INEC ‘s director of voter registry, Mr Emmanuel Akem. A source told Blueprint, “the fire which started at about 10.20am was quickly put out by a combined team of fire fighters from the Federal Fire Service and those from Read More

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AAC berates INEC over deregistration of parties

February 13, 2020 Editorial III 0

The African Action Congress (AAC) has berated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for deregistering 74 political parties including itself for alleged failure to meet constitutional requirements. The party also lambasted the electoral body for giving recognition to Leonard Nzenwa as the chairman of the party. The party in a statement, which condemned the move by INEC, emphasized that Omoyele Read More

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INEC’s de-registration of 74 parties

February 10, 2020 Editorial III 0

Last week, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stirred the hornet’s nest when it de-registered 74 of Nigeria’s 92 political parties on the ground that they failed to meet constitutional requirements that determine the continuous existence of political parties in the country. The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, who released names of the de-registered political parties at a press Read More

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INEC opens employment portal, set for recruitment *See how to apply

February 10, 2020 Editor 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC), has declared vacant positions for employment. The positions announced are Registration Area Officers, Administrative Officer and Executive Officers in all local government areas of the country. Interested candidates should log on to INEC portal / to complete the prescribed application free of charge. Applicants should not be above 35 years of age while the experience hired Read More

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Breaking: INEC declares PDP’s Alagbaoso winner in Imo re-run amidst controversies

January 28, 2020 Editor 0

Against all odds, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Imo state Tuesday evening declared Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winner of last Saturday’s Re-run election for Orlu/Orsu/Oru East Federal Constituency, thus making it the third time he is emerging victorious. After last Saturday’s election, it was declared inconclusive but on Monday,  information went round that the results Read More

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Buhari’s demand for credible polls questions his victory – PDP

January 9, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s demand for credible polls quality under the current Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have raised fresh issues on the credibility of the February 2019 presidential election. President  Buhari had during the visit of INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Tuesday charged the commission on credible polls across the country. PDP Read More

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Secondus to INEC: Initiate electoral amendment to legalise e- voting

December 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to initiate the amendment of the Electoral Act to legalise electronic voting to ensure free, fair and credible elections. Secondus, who made the call when he received INEC verification team at the party headquarters, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, Monday said, “As an Read More

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PDP’s threat to boycott Kogi West rerun poll deceitful – Adeyemi

November 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for Kogi West rerun election, Senator Smart Adeyemi has rejected the claims of the opposition PDP to boycott the supplementary election slated for November 30. Adeyemi stated this on Sunday in Lokoja on the sideline of a statement made by the national secretariat of PDP in which it rejected the supplementary poll; an indication Read More

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Breaking: Bello, Lyon get Certificates of Return as Kogi, Bayelsa governor-elect

November 21, 2019 Editor 0

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and Bayelsa governor-elect David Lyon have just been issued Certificates of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Bello received the certificate on Thursday, three days after he was declared as the winner of the just concluded governorship election in the state, while Lyon got his, four days after he was announced as winner Read More

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Bayelsa poll: Declare me winner, Diri tells INEC

November 19, 2019 Editorial III 0

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Diri Douye has asked the independent National Commission (INEC)  to declare him winner of the November 16 governorship  election.   Douye and his party also asked the INEC to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, David Lyon   If they cannot provide document setting aside the judgment of the court that disqualified Read More

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We saved N300m by combining Kogi polls – INEC boss

October 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Thursday disclosed that a total of N300 million “will be saved” by the commission for scheduling to hold the next month’s governorship and Senatorial elections in Kogi state on the same day. The INEC boss, who made the disclosure during the commission’s 2020 Budget defence with a Read More

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Breaking: IPAC wants INEC to take over state LG elections

September 18, 2019 Editor 0

The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has called for the scrapping of State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) describing them as appendages of the state governments. President Inter Party Advisory Council High Chief Peter Ameh who stated this on Wednesday at a press briefing said with the presence of SIEC, there could never be free, fair and credible elections at the local Read More

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Kogi poll: INEC clears Bello, Wada, 49 others

September 14, 2019 Editor 0

Ahead of November 16 governorship election in Kogi state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cleared 51 candidates and their deputies to participate in the election. The names of the cleared candidates and their details were on Friday made public in Lokoja by the INEC. Five of those cleared as governorship candidates are women while the rest are men. It Read More

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Breaking: Tribunal makes crucial pronouncement, moves on with judgement on 2019 presidential poll

September 11, 2019 Editor 0

The tribunal is about to finally rule on 2019 presidential election outcome after it struck out the motion filled by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which asked the the election petitions panel to declare null and void the petition of Atiku Abubakar and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after they failed to join Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in their suit. Also, Read More

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Untold story of 2019 presidential poll shift – Yakubu

August 29, 2019 Editor 0

Beyond the logistic reasons advanced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 presidential and National Assembly poll shift, the agency has opened up on the greatest concern it faced in the midst of these challenges. It said postponing the exercise by one week was one tough decision the commission had to take, giving the significance of the Read More

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Kogi IPAC wants REC re-deployed

August 22, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Kogi state chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) made up of members of registered political parties has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to redeploy the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor James Apam. The IPAC said the redeployment would be necessary to ensure the integrity of the forthcoming governorship election in the state on November 16, Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: INEC announces dates for collection of PVC’s ahead Kogi, Bayelsa guber

August 21, 2019 Editor 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that a fresh collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs)ahead of Bayelsa and Kogi states governorship elections would commence from September 2. In a press release from the Commission later on Tuesday also revealed that the exercise will end on September 30, 2019 between 9am and 3pm daily. See the full Press Release

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Cross River REC’s action unacceptable – INEC

August 17, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has described as “unacceptable” the manner with which the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River state, Frankland Briyai, resigned his appointment to join partisan politics, particularly the use of the commission’s facility to make such announcements. The commission though acknowledged that it was the REC’s right to join a political party and to Read More

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INEC lacks power to sack, dismiss a commissioner – Okoye

August 16, 2019 Editorial III 0

Contrary to reports that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has sacked a Resident Electoral Commissioner, the Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee of the Commission, Festus Okoye Esq, has said the commission does not have the power to sack or dismiss any REC. In a statement on Friday Okoye said since INEC was the  appointing authority,  what the Commission has Read More

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Breaking: Court slams N1bn bail on ex-INEC Chairman

August 9, 2019 Editor 0

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Maurice Iwu has been granted bail in the sum of N1 billion bail by the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos on Friday. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had on Thursday arraigned Iwu before a Federal High Court in Ikoyi for allegedly laundering of N1.2 billion. Justice Chuka Read More

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Breaking: EFCC arraigns ex-INEC Boss over alleged fraud

August 8, 2019 Editor 0

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Maurice Iwu, has just been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over fraud allegation up to N1.23 billion. Iwu before a federal high court in Lagos on four count charges and pleaded not guilty. Details loading…

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ECONEC: Cape Verde electoral commission chair replaces Yakubu as president

August 8, 2019 Editor 0

The ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) has elected the Chairman of Cape Verde Electoral Commission, Dr Maria do Rosario Lopes Pereira Goncalves, as its president. Rosario Lopes was the former Treasurer of ECONEC under the leadership of immediate past president and chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu. Also, Nigeria represented by Yakubu has been conferred with honorary president Read More