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  •  The Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation CYMS has urged a greater participation involvement and engagement of youths in the 2023 general elections The Director General CYMS Mr Obinna Nwaka said this during the stakeholders conference organised ahead of the 2023 general election on Thursday in Abuja Nwaka said the organisation was indeed elated with the overall turnout of Nigerians especially the youth during the Continuous Voters Registration CVR exercise recently concluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC He said the peaceful and secured environment during the exercise with the support of security agencies and the awareness by stakeholders like traditional rulers religious leaders entertainment industry among others were laudable He said the CVR exercise recorded the highest participation and acceptability since the democratic dispensation began despite the insecurity in some parts of the country He said it was important to note that youths were indispensable in the electoral process He added that peaceful coexistence religious tolerance and integration during elections should be imbibed by the youth across the country According to him elections in the country are improving and key players must continue to support the process The youth are expected to indulge in acts of patriotism that will project the image of our country The act of using the social media to disparage the processes of government should be discouraged rather there should be participation from them to make the process work They should equally be law abiding and not take laws into their hands at as it will always result to anarchy he said Nwaka said the organisation was collaborating with the Nigerian Police Force to address issues such as destruction of national assets reawakening the consciousness of the public to be law abiding and patriotic citizens He said the organisation had also established a good working relationship with the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission This he said was to monitor vote buying campaign against corruption and other social vices battering the image of the nation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Why we want more youths to participate – CYMS
     The Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation CYMS has urged a greater participation involvement and engagement of youths in the 2023 general elections The Director General CYMS Mr Obinna Nwaka said this during the stakeholders conference organised ahead of the 2023 general election on Thursday in Abuja Nwaka said the organisation was indeed elated with the overall turnout of Nigerians especially the youth during the Continuous Voters Registration CVR exercise recently concluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC He said the peaceful and secured environment during the exercise with the support of security agencies and the awareness by stakeholders like traditional rulers religious leaders entertainment industry among others were laudable He said the CVR exercise recorded the highest participation and acceptability since the democratic dispensation began despite the insecurity in some parts of the country He said it was important to note that youths were indispensable in the electoral process He added that peaceful coexistence religious tolerance and integration during elections should be imbibed by the youth across the country According to him elections in the country are improving and key players must continue to support the process The youth are expected to indulge in acts of patriotism that will project the image of our country The act of using the social media to disparage the processes of government should be discouraged rather there should be participation from them to make the process work They should equally be law abiding and not take laws into their hands at as it will always result to anarchy he said Nwaka said the organisation was collaborating with the Nigerian Police Force to address issues such as destruction of national assets reawakening the consciousness of the public to be law abiding and patriotic citizens He said the organisation had also established a good working relationship with the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission This he said was to monitor vote buying campaign against corruption and other social vices battering the image of the nation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Why we want more youths to participate – CYMS
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    2023 elections: Why we want more youths to participate – CYMS

    The Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) has urged a greater participation, involvement and  engagement of youths in the 2023 general elections.

    The Director General, CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, said this during the stakeholders’ conference organised ahead of the 2023 general election on Thursday in Abuja.

    Nwaka said the organisation was, indeed, elated with the overall turnout of Nigerians, especially the youth during the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise recently concluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

    He said the peaceful and secured environment during the exercise, with the support of security agencies and the awareness by stakeholders like traditional rulers, religious leaders, entertainment industry, among others, were laudable.

    He said the CVR exercise recorded the highest participation and acceptability since the democratic dispensation began despite the insecurity in some parts of the country.

    He said it was important to note that youths were indispensable in the electoral process.

    He added that peaceful coexistence, religious tolerance and integration during elections should be imbibed by the youth across the country.

    According to him, elections in the country are improving and key players must continue to support the process.

    “The youth are expected to indulge in acts of patriotism that will project the image of our country.

    “The act of using the social media to disparage the processes of government should be discouraged, rather there should be participation from them to make the process work.

    “They should equally be law abiding and not take laws into their hands at as it will always result to anarchy,” he said.

    Nwaka said the organisation was collaborating with the Nigerian Police Force to address issues such as destruction of national assets, reawakening the consciousness of the public to be law abiding and patriotic citizens.

    He said the organisation had also established a good working relationship with the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission.

    This, he said, was to monitor vote buying, campaign against corruption and other social vices battering the image of the nation.


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  •  Imo Government and the PDP in the state have disagreed over the mastermind behind the alleged irregularities in the Continuous Voter Registration CVR list in the state The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Spokesman for the Conference of United Political Parties Ikenga Ugochinyere recently raised an alarm alleging that the CVR list for Omuma Ward which is Gov Hope Uzodimma s place contained fictitious and fraudulent names The party accused the State Government of complicity in the alleged fraud In a reaction at a newsbriefing on Saturday in Owerri the Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Declan Emelumba described the allegation as reckless irresponsible and seditious Emelumba said that the allegation could only have come from a jaundiced mischievous mindset He called for the immediate arrest of Ugochinyere who is the PDP s candidate for Ideato Federal Constituency in the 2023 elections On the claim that Omuma ward had fewer than 6 000 registered voters in 2014 I have it on good authority from verified INEC data that the ward had almost 10 000 voters as at 2014 and had 23 000 registered by 2019 This is obviously because many indigenes of the ward came home to register to be able to vote for their son who was contesting the governorship election It is therefore clear that Ugochinyere either hacked into INEC s server and doctored documents therefrom or forged the document he was brandishing Either way is criminal and it is important that he is immediately arrested for questioning the commissioner said Responding to Emelumba s reaction the state PDP Publicity Secretary Mr Collins Opuruozor said that the party would not tolerate any attack threat or harassment of its candidate by the State Government Not a single hair shall fall from Ugochinyere s head nor a scratch found on his body Opuruozor said He urged INEC to carefully look into the allegation saying that it was a treasonable offence capable of truncating the country s democracy if proven to be true He also challenged the security agencies to carry out painstaking investigations into the matter vis a vis the governor s alleged involvement in the saga We commend the shrewdness and dexterity brought to bear by our candidate in exposing the suspected monumental electoral malfeasance Opuruozor said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imo Govt., PDP disagree over alleged CVR fraud
     Imo Government and the PDP in the state have disagreed over the mastermind behind the alleged irregularities in the Continuous Voter Registration CVR list in the state The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Spokesman for the Conference of United Political Parties Ikenga Ugochinyere recently raised an alarm alleging that the CVR list for Omuma Ward which is Gov Hope Uzodimma s place contained fictitious and fraudulent names The party accused the State Government of complicity in the alleged fraud In a reaction at a newsbriefing on Saturday in Owerri the Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Declan Emelumba described the allegation as reckless irresponsible and seditious Emelumba said that the allegation could only have come from a jaundiced mischievous mindset He called for the immediate arrest of Ugochinyere who is the PDP s candidate for Ideato Federal Constituency in the 2023 elections On the claim that Omuma ward had fewer than 6 000 registered voters in 2014 I have it on good authority from verified INEC data that the ward had almost 10 000 voters as at 2014 and had 23 000 registered by 2019 This is obviously because many indigenes of the ward came home to register to be able to vote for their son who was contesting the governorship election It is therefore clear that Ugochinyere either hacked into INEC s server and doctored documents therefrom or forged the document he was brandishing Either way is criminal and it is important that he is immediately arrested for questioning the commissioner said Responding to Emelumba s reaction the state PDP Publicity Secretary Mr Collins Opuruozor said that the party would not tolerate any attack threat or harassment of its candidate by the State Government Not a single hair shall fall from Ugochinyere s head nor a scratch found on his body Opuruozor said He urged INEC to carefully look into the allegation saying that it was a treasonable offence capable of truncating the country s democracy if proven to be true He also challenged the security agencies to carry out painstaking investigations into the matter vis a vis the governor s alleged involvement in the saga We commend the shrewdness and dexterity brought to bear by our candidate in exposing the suspected monumental electoral malfeasance Opuruozor said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imo Govt., PDP disagree over alleged CVR fraud
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    Imo Govt., PDP disagree over alleged CVR fraud

    Imo Government and the PDP in the state have disagreed over the mastermind behind the alleged irregularities in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) list in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Spokesman for the Conference of United Political Parties, Ikenga Ugochinyere, recently raised an alarm, alleging that the CVR list for Omuma Ward, which is Gov. Hope Uzodimma’s place, contained fictitious and fraudulent names.

    The party accused the State Government of complicity in the alleged fraud.

    In a reaction at a newsbriefing on Saturday in Owerri, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Declan Emelumba, described the allegation as reckless, irresponsible and seditious.

    Emelumba said that the allegation “could only have come from a jaundiced, mischievous mindset”.

    He called for the immediate arrest of Ugochinyere, who is the PDP’s candidate for Ideato Federal Constituency in the 2023 elections.

    “On the claim that Omuma ward had fewer than 6,000 registered voters in 2014, I have it on good authority from verified INEC data that the ward had almost 10,000 voters as at 2014 and had 23,000 registered by 2019. “This is obviously because many indigenes of the ward came home to register to be able to vote for their son, who was contesting the governorship election.

    “It is therefore clear that Ugochinyere either hacked into INEC’s server and doctored documents therefrom or forged the document he was brandishing.

    “Either way is criminal and it is important that he is immediately arrested for questioning,” the commissioner said.

    Responding to Emelumba’s reaction, the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Collins Opuruozor, said that the party would not tolerate any attack, threat or harassment of its candidate by the State Government.

    “Not a single hair shall fall from Ugochinyere’s head, nor a scratch found on his body,” Opuruozor said.

    He urged INEC to carefully look into the allegation, saying that it was a treasonable offence, capable of truncating the country’s democracy, if proven to be true.

    He also challenged the security agencies to carry out painstaking investigations into the matter, vis-a-vis the governor’s alleged involvement in the saga.

    “We commend the shrewdness and dexterity brought to bear by our candidate in exposing the suspected monumental electoral malfeasance,” Opuruozor said.


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  •   No new registrant has been added to Voters Register INEC No new registrant has been added to Voters Register INEC Registration By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja Sept 15 2023 The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it has yet to add new registrants captured at the Continuous Voter Registration CVR to the Voters Register for 2023 General Election INEC said this in a statement by Festus Okoye its National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja on Thursday Okoye said that no new registrant would also be added to the register until the supplemental activities for their integration have been completed in line with the law The attention of the commission has been drawn to a report of a press conference addressed by the Coalition of United Political Parties CUPP on the Register of Voters for the 2023 general election The commission recognises and respects the right of citizens either as individuals and groups to demand explanation from public agencies including INEC and to hold them accountable However it is always important that caution is exercised so that such interventions do not unwittingly sow doubts in the public mind thereby diminishing public confidence and trust in the electoral process he said Okoye said that Nigerians would recall that on July 31 the commission suspended the CVR to commence supplemental activities that would culminate in the integration of new registrants into the final register of voters for the 2023 General Election It Is important to reiterate that no new registrant has yet been added to the Register of Voters for the 2023 General Election or will be included until these supplemental activities have been completed in line with the law For the avoidance of doubt we restate the main components of these activities First the Commission is conducting a comprehensive Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS cleanup of the registration data by scrutinising every record Based on the Electoral Act 2022 any record that does not meet all the criteria for inclusion as stipulated in Section 10 including the appearance in person by the registrant at the registration venue with proof of identity age and nationality and our business rules requirements of adequate number of fingerprints and clear pictures will be invalidated Further in line with Section 19 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 after the ABIS and clean up the Commission shall appoint a period of seven days during which the register will be published for scrutiny by the public for objections and complaints Finally it is only after the cleanup and claims and objections have been completed that the final register will be published he said Okoye said that INEC would continue to provide the public with updates on the progress made on the processes The ABIS for the period of registration between Jan 15 and July 31 is being concluded presently and the outcome in terms of multiple and ineligible records will be made public For instance in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo where the commission allegedly registered ineligible persons 3 316 ineligible registrants have so far been invalidated and the process is still ongoing he said Okoye appealed to Nigerians to await the commission s display of the register for claims and objections so they can raise any concerns that they might have on the registration He reiterated that ABIS was robust and would detect practically all ineligible records for removal Nigerians should be reassured of the commission s commitment to the credibility of the electoral process in Nigeria We appeal for your support while we painstakingly deal with the cleanup of the register and other processes that will guarantee that the general election in 2023 is free fair credible and inclusive he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No new registrant has been added to Voters’ Register – INEC
      No new registrant has been added to Voters Register INEC No new registrant has been added to Voters Register INEC Registration By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja Sept 15 2023 The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it has yet to add new registrants captured at the Continuous Voter Registration CVR to the Voters Register for 2023 General Election INEC said this in a statement by Festus Okoye its National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja on Thursday Okoye said that no new registrant would also be added to the register until the supplemental activities for their integration have been completed in line with the law The attention of the commission has been drawn to a report of a press conference addressed by the Coalition of United Political Parties CUPP on the Register of Voters for the 2023 general election The commission recognises and respects the right of citizens either as individuals and groups to demand explanation from public agencies including INEC and to hold them accountable However it is always important that caution is exercised so that such interventions do not unwittingly sow doubts in the public mind thereby diminishing public confidence and trust in the electoral process he said Okoye said that Nigerians would recall that on July 31 the commission suspended the CVR to commence supplemental activities that would culminate in the integration of new registrants into the final register of voters for the 2023 General Election It Is important to reiterate that no new registrant has yet been added to the Register of Voters for the 2023 General Election or will be included until these supplemental activities have been completed in line with the law For the avoidance of doubt we restate the main components of these activities First the Commission is conducting a comprehensive Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS cleanup of the registration data by scrutinising every record Based on the Electoral Act 2022 any record that does not meet all the criteria for inclusion as stipulated in Section 10 including the appearance in person by the registrant at the registration venue with proof of identity age and nationality and our business rules requirements of adequate number of fingerprints and clear pictures will be invalidated Further in line with Section 19 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 after the ABIS and clean up the Commission shall appoint a period of seven days during which the register will be published for scrutiny by the public for objections and complaints Finally it is only after the cleanup and claims and objections have been completed that the final register will be published he said Okoye said that INEC would continue to provide the public with updates on the progress made on the processes The ABIS for the period of registration between Jan 15 and July 31 is being concluded presently and the outcome in terms of multiple and ineligible records will be made public For instance in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo where the commission allegedly registered ineligible persons 3 316 ineligible registrants have so far been invalidated and the process is still ongoing he said Okoye appealed to Nigerians to await the commission s display of the register for claims and objections so they can raise any concerns that they might have on the registration He reiterated that ABIS was robust and would detect practically all ineligible records for removal Nigerians should be reassured of the commission s commitment to the credibility of the electoral process in Nigeria We appeal for your support while we painstakingly deal with the cleanup of the register and other processes that will guarantee that the general election in 2023 is free fair credible and inclusive he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No new registrant has been added to Voters’ Register – INEC
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    No new registrant has been added to Voters’ Register – INEC

    No new registrant has been added to Voters’ Register – INEC No new registrant has been added to Voters’ Register – INEC Registration By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja, Sept. 15, 2023 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has yet to add new registrants, captured at the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR)to the Voters’ Register for 2023 General Election.

    INEC said this in a statement by Festus Okoye, its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja on Thursday.

    Okoye said that no new registrant would also be added to the register until the supplemental activities for their integration have been completed in line with the law.

    “The attention of the commission has been drawn to a report of a press conference addressed by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on the Register of Voters for the 2023 general election.

    “The commission recognises and respects the right of citizens, either as individuals and groups, to demand explanation from public agencies, including INEC, and to hold them accountable.

    “However, it is always important that caution is exercised so that such interventions do not unwittingly sow doubts in the public mind, thereby diminishing public confidence and trust in the electoral process,” he said.

    Okoye said that Nigerians would recall that on July 31, the commission suspended the CVR to commence supplemental activities that would culminate in the integration of new registrants into the final register of voters for the 2023 General Election.

    “It Is important to reiterate that no new registrant has yet been added to the Register of Voters for the 2023 General Election or will be included until these supplemental activities have been completed in line with the law.

    “For the avoidance of doubt, we restate the main components of these activities.

    “ First, the Commission is conducting a comprehensive Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) cleanup of the registration data by scrutinising every record.

    “Based on the Electoral Act 2022, any record that does not meet all the criteria for inclusion as stipulated in Section 10, including the appearance in person by the registrant at the registration venue with proof of identity, age and nationality and our business rules requirements of adequate number of fingerprints and clear pictures will be invalidated.

    “Further, in line with Section 19(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, after the ABIS and clean up, the Commission shall appoint a period of seven days during which the register will be published for scrutiny by the public for objections and complaints.

    “Finally, it is only after the cleanup and claims and objections have been completed that the final register will be published,” he said.

    Okoye said that INEC would continue to provide the public with updates on the progress made on the processes.

    “The ABIS for the period of registration between Jan. 15 and July 31 is being concluded presently, and the outcome in terms of multiple and ineligible records will be made public.

    “For instance, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo, where the commission allegedly registered ineligible persons, 3,316 ineligible registrants have so far been invalidated and the process is still ongoing,” he said.

    Okoye appealed to Nigerians to await the commission’s display of the register for claims and objections, so they can raise any concerns that they might have on the registration.

    He reiterated that “ABIS was robust and would detect practically all ineligible records for removal.

    “Nigerians should be reassured of the commission’s commitment to the credibility of the electoral process in Nigeria.

    “We appeal for your support while we painstakingly deal with the cleanup of the register and other processes that will guarantee that the general election in 2023 is free, fair, credible and inclusive,” he said.


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  •  A Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday fixed Sept 20 for hearing a suit challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC s decision to end the continuous voter s registration CVR exercise on July 31 Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel for INEC Alhassan Umar SAN told the court that the plaintiffs lawyer Benson Igbanoi served him with a further and better affidavit the previous day and he would need time to respond The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the plaintiffs Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN and Abubakar Sani in the suit marked 13352022 had sued INEC They had sought an injunctive order compelling the electoral umpire to extend the CVR exercise to Nov 27 which they argued is the end of the 90 days period for registration of voters before the 2023 general election They argued that the stoppage of the exercise by the electoral body on July 31 more than six months to the general elections would disenfranchise millions of eligible and potential voters The plaintiffs contended that the action of INEC contravened the clear provisions of Sections 9 6 10 1 and 12 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 which stipulates a period of 90 days to the next election before the stoppage of the exercise They contended further that the stoppage of the continuous voters registration exercise by INEC on July 31 2022 amounted to disenfranchisement of citizens who have attained or will attain the age of 18 years before Nov 28 The plaintiffs posed five questions for determination by the court These include Whether having regard to the combined provisions of sections 9 6 and 10 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 which mandates the defendant INEC to continue registration of voters up to 90 days to the date of election the defendant can stop or terminate registration of eligible voters on July 31 2022 which is more than six months to the next general election scheduled to commence of Feb 25 2023 Whether having regard to the combined provisions of sections 77 2 and 78 of the 1999 Constitution section 12 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 and Article 13 1 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right the defendant can refuse or decline to register a citizen of Nigeria who has attained the age of 18 years and presented himself to the defendant for registration before 90 days to the scheduled 2023 general elections among others The suit is accompanied by an affidavit of urgency wherein the defendant deposed that several attempts by them to register themselves as eligible voters for the 2023 were without success When the matter was called Igbanoi who appeared for the plaintiffs said the business of the day was the hearing of their originating summons He said the amended application had been filed and served on the commission Umar acknowledged the receipt of the amended application stating that he had responded with a counter affidavit The lawyer however said that he was also served with a further and better affidabit the previous day and that he would need to respond The judge then asked if a previous judgment on the same matter was exhibited in their applications but Igbanoi responded in the negative Ekwo who said the previous judgment on the related matter needed to be attached to the processes adjourned the case until Sept 20 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court hear suit challenging INEC’s decision to end voters’ registration exercise Sept. 20
     A Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday fixed Sept 20 for hearing a suit challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC s decision to end the continuous voter s registration CVR exercise on July 31 Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel for INEC Alhassan Umar SAN told the court that the plaintiffs lawyer Benson Igbanoi served him with a further and better affidavit the previous day and he would need time to respond The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the plaintiffs Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN and Abubakar Sani in the suit marked 13352022 had sued INEC They had sought an injunctive order compelling the electoral umpire to extend the CVR exercise to Nov 27 which they argued is the end of the 90 days period for registration of voters before the 2023 general election They argued that the stoppage of the exercise by the electoral body on July 31 more than six months to the general elections would disenfranchise millions of eligible and potential voters The plaintiffs contended that the action of INEC contravened the clear provisions of Sections 9 6 10 1 and 12 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 which stipulates a period of 90 days to the next election before the stoppage of the exercise They contended further that the stoppage of the continuous voters registration exercise by INEC on July 31 2022 amounted to disenfranchisement of citizens who have attained or will attain the age of 18 years before Nov 28 The plaintiffs posed five questions for determination by the court These include Whether having regard to the combined provisions of sections 9 6 and 10 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 which mandates the defendant INEC to continue registration of voters up to 90 days to the date of election the defendant can stop or terminate registration of eligible voters on July 31 2022 which is more than six months to the next general election scheduled to commence of Feb 25 2023 Whether having regard to the combined provisions of sections 77 2 and 78 of the 1999 Constitution section 12 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 and Article 13 1 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right the defendant can refuse or decline to register a citizen of Nigeria who has attained the age of 18 years and presented himself to the defendant for registration before 90 days to the scheduled 2023 general elections among others The suit is accompanied by an affidavit of urgency wherein the defendant deposed that several attempts by them to register themselves as eligible voters for the 2023 were without success When the matter was called Igbanoi who appeared for the plaintiffs said the business of the day was the hearing of their originating summons He said the amended application had been filed and served on the commission Umar acknowledged the receipt of the amended application stating that he had responded with a counter affidavit The lawyer however said that he was also served with a further and better affidabit the previous day and that he would need to respond The judge then asked if a previous judgment on the same matter was exhibited in their applications but Igbanoi responded in the negative Ekwo who said the previous judgment on the related matter needed to be attached to the processes adjourned the case until Sept 20 for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Court hear suit challenging INEC’s decision to end voters’ registration exercise Sept. 20
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    Court hear suit challenging INEC’s decision to end voters’ registration exercise Sept. 20

    A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, fixed Sept. 20 for hearing a suit challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s decision to end the continuous voter’s registration (CVR) exercise on July 31.Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel for INEC, Alhassan Umar, SAN, told the court that the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Benson Igbanoi, served him with a further and better affidavit the previous day and he would need time to respond.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the plaintiffs; Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, and Abubakar Sani, in the suit marked 13352022, had sued INEC.

    They had sought an injunctive order compelling the electoral umpire to extend the CVR exercise to Nov. 27, which, they argued, is the end of the 90 days’ period for registration of voters before the 2023 general election.

    They argued that the stoppage of the exercise by the electoral body on July 31, more than six months to the general elections, would disenfranchise millions of eligible, and potential voters.

    The plaintiffs contended that the action of INEC contravened the clear provisions of Sections 9(6); 10(1) and 12(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, which stipulates a period of 90 days to the next election before the stoppage of the exercise.

    They contended further that the stoppage of the continuous voters registration exercise by INEC on July 31, 2022, amounted to disenfranchisement of citizens who have attained or will attain the age of 18 years before Nov. 28.The plaintiffs posed five questions for determination by the court.

    These include: “Whether having regard to the combined provisions of sections 9(6) and 10(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022, which mandates the defendant (INEC), to continue registration of voters up to 90 days to the date of election, the defendant can stop or terminate registration of eligible voters on July 31, 2022, which is more than six months to the next general election scheduled to commence of Feb. 25, 2023?

    “Whether having regard to the combined provisions of sections 77(2) and 78 of the 1999 Constitution, section 12(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022, and Article 13(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right, the defendant can refuse or decline to register a citizen of Nigeria who has attained the age of 18 years and presented himself to the defendant for registration before 90 days to the scheduled 2023 general elections?

    ”, among others.

    The suit is accompanied by an affidavit of urgency wherein the defendant deposed that several attempts by them to register themselves as eligible voters for the 2023 were without success.

    When the matter was called, Igbanoi, who appeared for the plaintiffs, said the business of the day was the hearing of their originating summons.

    He said the amended application had been filed and served on the commission.

    Umar acknowledged the receipt of the amended application, stating that he had responded with a counter affidavit.

    The lawyer, however, said that he was also served with a further and better affidabit the previous day and that he would need to respond.

    The judge then asked if a previous judgment on the same matter was exhibited in their applications but Igbanoi responded in the negative.

    Ekwo, who said the previous judgment on the related matter needed to be attached to the processes, adjourned the case until Sept. 20 for hearing. 


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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it is working towards publishing a comprehensive list of registered voters in Nigeria ahead of 2023 poll The INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu said this at the stakeholders validation meeting for the 2022 revised framework and regulations for voting by Internally Displaced Persons IDPs in Abuja on Tuesday Yakubu said that the list would integrate the fresh voters registered at the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR to the existing register of over 84 million voters He faulted claim by a section of the civil society groups that INEC was not willing to display the register At a media briefing yesterday the commission was accused of failure to display the voters register as provided by Section 19 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 This claim is incorrect What the commission displThird Quarter He said that a comprehensive schedule of the CVR and the display of the register was shared with stakeholders at the commission s quarterly meeting just before the inception of the exercise in June 2021 We wish to assure Nigerians that the commission will display the comprehensive register in all the 8 809 wards and 774 local government councils nationwide as envisaged in Section 19 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 This will integrate fresh voters registered under the last CVR to the existing register of over 84 million voters The date will be announced as soon the commission completes the ongoing Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS to weed out all as well as ineligible registrants We appeal to some of our friends in civil society organisations to be guided accordingly Yakubu said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC to publish comprehensive list of registered voters soon: Yakubu
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it is working towards publishing a comprehensive list of registered voters in Nigeria ahead of 2023 poll The INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu said this at the stakeholders validation meeting for the 2022 revised framework and regulations for voting by Internally Displaced Persons IDPs in Abuja on Tuesday Yakubu said that the list would integrate the fresh voters registered at the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR to the existing register of over 84 million voters He faulted claim by a section of the civil society groups that INEC was not willing to display the register At a media briefing yesterday the commission was accused of failure to display the voters register as provided by Section 19 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 This claim is incorrect What the commission displThird Quarter He said that a comprehensive schedule of the CVR and the display of the register was shared with stakeholders at the commission s quarterly meeting just before the inception of the exercise in June 2021 We wish to assure Nigerians that the commission will display the comprehensive register in all the 8 809 wards and 774 local government councils nationwide as envisaged in Section 19 1 of the Electoral Act 2022 This will integrate fresh voters registered under the last CVR to the existing register of over 84 million voters The date will be announced as soon the commission completes the ongoing Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS to weed out all as well as ineligible registrants We appeal to some of our friends in civil society organisations to be guided accordingly Yakubu said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC to publish comprehensive list of registered voters soon: Yakubu
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    INEC to publish comprehensive list of registered voters soon: Yakubu

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is working towards publishing a comprehensive list of registered voters in Nigeria,  ahead of 2023 poll.

    The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this at the stakeholders’ validation meeting for the 2022 revised framework and regulations for voting by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Yakubu said that the list would integrate the fresh voters registered at the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to the existing register of over 84 million voters.

    He faulted claim by a section of the civil society groups that INEC was not willing to display the register.

    “At a media briefing yesterday, the commission was accused of failure to display the voters’ register as provided by Section 19(1) of the Electoral Act 2022. This claim is incorrect.

    “What the commission displThird Quarter).

    He said that a comprehensive schedule of the CVR and the display of the register was shared with stakeholders at the commission’s quarterly meeting just before the inception of the exercise in June 2021. “We wish to assure Nigerians that the commission will display the comprehensive register in all the 8,809 wards and 774 local government councils nationwide as envisaged in Section 19(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022. “This will integrate fresh voters registered under the last CVR to the existing register of over 84 million voters.

    “The date will be announced as soon the commission completes the ongoing Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) to weed out all as well as ineligible registrants.

    “We appeal to some of our friends in civil society organisations to be guided accordingly,” Yakubu said.


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  •  The Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven OPSH maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states has donated wheelchairs foodstuff and cash to 220 Persons Living with Disabilities PWDs from Plateau and Bauchi State Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali the Commander of OPSH who presented the items to the beneficiaries on Saturday in Jos said that the gesture aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the victims Ali who is also the General Officer Commanding GOC 3 Div of the Nigerian Army Rukuba near Jos said that the gesture was part the Civil Military Relations CVR The commander also explained that the donation was done in collaboration with a Jos based NGO the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre We have gathered here today to celebrate our our brothers and sisters who are suffering from physical disability This is part of civil military relations and the outcome of relationsihip with spirited members of the society It is also part of the kinetic and non kinetic approach toward guaranteeing the safety of lives and ensure peace and security in our operational areas So we are presenting wheelchairs foodstuff and some cash to 220 PWDs from the 17 local government areas and two local government areas of Plateau and Bauchi State respectively he said Ali further explained that the gesture was to enable PWDs to contribute to the ongoing peace process in the state adding that it would also enable them attain their full potential in life The commander who said that PWDs from five local government areas of Kaduna State had already benefitted same gesture advised the beneficiaries to use the wheelchairs to improve their living conditions Ali called on spirited individuals and groups to support PWDs in their vicinities to enable them to attain their full potential in life The commander assured residents of Plateau and environs that OPSH would remain neutral in discharging its duties and called on the people to support security agencies in their bid to end all forms of insecurity In brief speech Mr Ayuba Gufwan the Executive Director of the NGO commended the untiring efforts of the military in restoring peace to crisis ridden communities in Plateau and other operational areas Gufwan who said disability is not a kiss of death but a challenge waiting to be overcome maintained that the gesture would enable beneficiaries move round in search of greener pasture With this wheelchairs the beneficiaries can go to school learn skills and move out of their comfort zones and be useful to themselves and the society To the beneficiaries know that with determination you can conquer every disability and contribute meaningful to the growth and development of the society he said Gufwan however warned the beneficiaries not use the wheelchairs and engage in street begging One of the beneficiaries Mr Samson Monday thanked the military for the gesture noting that it would go a long way in promoting his shoe making business NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Military donates wheelchairs,  foodstuff to PWDs in Plateau, Bauchi State
     The Special Task Force Operation Safe Haven OPSH maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states has donated wheelchairs foodstuff and cash to 220 Persons Living with Disabilities PWDs from Plateau and Bauchi State Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali the Commander of OPSH who presented the items to the beneficiaries on Saturday in Jos said that the gesture aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the victims Ali who is also the General Officer Commanding GOC 3 Div of the Nigerian Army Rukuba near Jos said that the gesture was part the Civil Military Relations CVR The commander also explained that the donation was done in collaboration with a Jos based NGO the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre We have gathered here today to celebrate our our brothers and sisters who are suffering from physical disability This is part of civil military relations and the outcome of relationsihip with spirited members of the society It is also part of the kinetic and non kinetic approach toward guaranteeing the safety of lives and ensure peace and security in our operational areas So we are presenting wheelchairs foodstuff and some cash to 220 PWDs from the 17 local government areas and two local government areas of Plateau and Bauchi State respectively he said Ali further explained that the gesture was to enable PWDs to contribute to the ongoing peace process in the state adding that it would also enable them attain their full potential in life The commander who said that PWDs from five local government areas of Kaduna State had already benefitted same gesture advised the beneficiaries to use the wheelchairs to improve their living conditions Ali called on spirited individuals and groups to support PWDs in their vicinities to enable them to attain their full potential in life The commander assured residents of Plateau and environs that OPSH would remain neutral in discharging its duties and called on the people to support security agencies in their bid to end all forms of insecurity In brief speech Mr Ayuba Gufwan the Executive Director of the NGO commended the untiring efforts of the military in restoring peace to crisis ridden communities in Plateau and other operational areas Gufwan who said disability is not a kiss of death but a challenge waiting to be overcome maintained that the gesture would enable beneficiaries move round in search of greener pasture With this wheelchairs the beneficiaries can go to school learn skills and move out of their comfort zones and be useful to themselves and the society To the beneficiaries know that with determination you can conquer every disability and contribute meaningful to the growth and development of the society he said Gufwan however warned the beneficiaries not use the wheelchairs and engage in street begging One of the beneficiaries Mr Samson Monday thanked the military for the gesture noting that it would go a long way in promoting his shoe making business NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Military donates wheelchairs,  foodstuff to PWDs in Plateau, Bauchi State
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    Military donates wheelchairs,  foodstuff to PWDs in Plateau, Bauchi State

    The  Special Task Force,  Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states, has donated wheelchairs,  foodstuff and cash to 220 Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) from Plateau and Bauchi State.

    Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali,  the Commander of OPSH,  who presented the items to the beneficiaries on Saturday in Jos, said that the gesture aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the victims.

    Ali, who is also the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Div. of the Nigerian Army, Rukuba, near Jos,  said that the gesture was part the Civil-Military Relations (CVR)The commander also explained that the donation was done in collaboration with a Jos-based NGO, the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre.

    ‘“We have gathered here today to celebrate our our brothers and sisters who are suffering from physical disability‘“This is part of civil-military relations and the outcome of relationsihip with spirited members of the society.

    “It is also part of the kinetic and non-kinetic approach toward guaranteeing the safety of lives and ensure peace and security in our operational areas.

    “So, we are presenting wheelchairs, foodstuff and some cash to 220 PWDs from the 17 local government areas and two local government areas of Plateau and Bauchi State, respectively,” he said.

    Ali further explained that the gesture was to enable PWDs to contribute to the ongoing peace process in the state, adding that it would also enable them attain their full potential in life.

    The commander, who said that PWDs from five local government areas of Kaduna State had already benefitted same gesture, advised the beneficiaries to use the wheelchairs to improve their living conditions.

    Ali called on spirited individuals and groups to support PWDs in their vicinities to enable them to attain their full potential in life.

    The commander assured residents of Plateau and environs that OPSH would remain neutral in discharging its duties and called on the people to support security agencies in their bid to end all forms of insecurity.

    In brief speech, Mr Ayuba Gufwan, the Executive Director of the NGO,  commended the untiring efforts of the military in restoring peace to crisis ridden communities in Plateau and other operational areas.

    Gufwan,  who said “disability is not a kiss of death, but a challenge waiting to be overcome”, maintained that the gesture would enable beneficiaries move round in search of greener pasture.

    “With this wheelchairs,  the beneficiaries can go to school,  learn skills and move out of their comfort zones and be useful to themselves and the society.

    “To the beneficiaries, know that with determination you can conquer  every disability and contribute meaningful to the growth and development of the society,” he said.

    Gufwan,  however,  warned the beneficiaries not use the wheelchairs and engage in street begging.

    One of the beneficiaries, Mr Samson Monday, thanked the military for the gesture, noting that it would go a long way in promoting his shoe-making business.


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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says over 389 000 Permanent Voter Cards PVCs are still unclaimed in Kano State Prof Riskuwa Shehu the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC said this when the Federal Commissioner Public Complaints Commission PCC Alhaji Ahmad Dadinkowa visited him on Thursday in Kano Shehu represented by the state INEC Administrative Secretary Alhaji Garba Lawan said that the PVCs were those produced from 2011 to 2018 People were reluctant to come and collect their PVCs hence the need for all stakeholders to assist in sensitising the voters to go and collect their own before the general elections he said The REC said that 569 103 new voters were captured in the state at the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR This is in addition to the already existing 5 4 million voters registered before the 2019 elections With the 389 000 uncollected PVCS and the registration of over 569 000 new registrants we will have about 1 million PVCs waiting to be collected before the 2023 General Elections he said Shehu urged all stakeholders to assist the commission in mobilising people and collect their PVCs He said that the CVR would resume after the 2023 elections The REC said that before the 2019 elections the state had about 8 017 polling units and over 3 000 voting points According to him INEC converted those voting points to full pledged polling units So now in Kano we have 11 222 polling units to be used during the 2023 elections This was achieved with the contribution of all the stakeholders that is the traditional institutions and political parties among others he said Shehu stated that the commission has initiated various reforms in the electoral process with a view to ensuring credible elections He also urged stakeholders to assist in sensitising the people against electoral violence and vote buying Earlier Dadinkowa said that the visit was to seek for partnership with INEC to ensure free fair and credible 2023 general elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    389,000 PVCs unclaimed in Kano State – INEC
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says over 389 000 Permanent Voter Cards PVCs are still unclaimed in Kano State Prof Riskuwa Shehu the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC said this when the Federal Commissioner Public Complaints Commission PCC Alhaji Ahmad Dadinkowa visited him on Thursday in Kano Shehu represented by the state INEC Administrative Secretary Alhaji Garba Lawan said that the PVCs were those produced from 2011 to 2018 People were reluctant to come and collect their PVCs hence the need for all stakeholders to assist in sensitising the voters to go and collect their own before the general elections he said The REC said that 569 103 new voters were captured in the state at the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR This is in addition to the already existing 5 4 million voters registered before the 2019 elections With the 389 000 uncollected PVCS and the registration of over 569 000 new registrants we will have about 1 million PVCs waiting to be collected before the 2023 General Elections he said Shehu urged all stakeholders to assist the commission in mobilising people and collect their PVCs He said that the CVR would resume after the 2023 elections The REC said that before the 2019 elections the state had about 8 017 polling units and over 3 000 voting points According to him INEC converted those voting points to full pledged polling units So now in Kano we have 11 222 polling units to be used during the 2023 elections This was achieved with the contribution of all the stakeholders that is the traditional institutions and political parties among others he said Shehu stated that the commission has initiated various reforms in the electoral process with a view to ensuring credible elections He also urged stakeholders to assist in sensitising the people against electoral violence and vote buying Earlier Dadinkowa said that the visit was to seek for partnership with INEC to ensure free fair and credible 2023 general elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    389,000 PVCs unclaimed in Kano State – INEC
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    389,000 PVCs unclaimed in Kano State – INEC

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says over 389,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), are still unclaimed in Kano State.

    Prof. Riskuwa Shehu, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), said this when the Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Alhaji Ahmad Dadinkowa, visited him on Thursday in Kano. Shehu, represented by the state INEC Administrative Secretary, Alhaji Garba Lawan, said that the PVCs were those produced from 2011 to 2018. “People were reluctant to come and collect their PVCs, hence the need for all stakeholders to assist in sensitising the voters to go and collect their own before the general elections,” he said.

    The REC said that 569, 103 new voters were captured in the state at the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

    “This is in addition to the already existing 5.4 million voters registered before the 2019 elections.

    “With the 389,000 uncollected PVCS and the registration of over 569,000 new registrants, we will have about 1 million PVCs waiting to be collected before the 2023 General Elections,” he said.

    Shehu urged all stakeholders to assist the commission in mobilising people and collect their PVCs. He said that the CVR would resume after the 2023 elections.

    The REC said that before the 2019 elections, the state had about 8,017 polling units and over 3,000 voting points.

    According to him, INEC converted those voting points to full-pledged polling units.

    “So, now in Kano, we have 11, 222 polling units to be used during the 2023 elections.

    ”This was achieved with the contribution of all the stakeholders, that is, the traditional institutions and political parties, among others,” he said.

    Shehu stated that the commission has initiated various reforms in the electoral process with a view to ensuring credible elections.

    He also urged stakeholders to assist in sensitising the people against electoral violence and vote-buying.

    Earlier, Dadinkowa, said that the visit was to seek for partnership with INEC to ensure free, fair and credible 2023 general elections.


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  •  A total of 187 candidates from 12 political parties are contesting for the 25 available seats in the Cross River House of Assembly for the 2023 general elections This was disclosed by Dr Cyril Omorogbe Resident Electoral Commissioner REC of the state at a news conference in Calabar He also disclosed that 11 political parties fielded 69 and 28 candidates for the eight House of Representatives seats and the three Senatorial seats respectively He said 11 political parties would fight for the governorship position d adding that Cross River had 322 351 new registrants in the just concluded voters registration The total completed registration recorded in the State at the close of Continuous Voters Registration CVR is 322 351 as well as 58 305 voter transfers and 20 822 PVC replacements A total of 73 Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Voter Enrolment Device VED were deployed to the 19 Registration centres in Cross River State i e the 18 LGA offices and the State office during the exercise he stated On Permanent Voters Card PVCs collection Omorogbe said collection would continue in all the Local Government Area LGAs offices of the State while 69 016 PVCs remained uncollected from 2011 to date He expressed egret that the collection rate of the PVCs was low considering that it wass just six months to the general elections According to him PVCs collection will continue in all the LGA offices PVCs collection by owners was one of the services carried out by our staff alongside the CVR A total of 27 158 new PVCs were received by the State Commission in April for distribution to their owners but at the close of registration only 3 897 were so far collected by voters leaving an outstanding balance of 23 261 This set of PVCs is for people that registered from June to December 2021 From the old PVCs that are left over from 2011 to 2018 we have on record 57 310 PVCs but only 11 555 have been collected by their owners during this period under review with an outstanding 45 755 which is still not collected While appealing for support from the political parties and their candidates ahead of elections he urged the people to collect their PVCs I pledge that we will continue to work hard to deliver free fair and credible elections come 2023 he stated INEC had fixed Feb 25 2023 for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections and March 11 2023 for Governorship and Assembly elections According to the schedule of activities for the general elections released by the commission campaign is expected to commence on Sept 28 and Oct 12 for the and state Assembly elections respectively NewsSourceCredit NAN
    187 candidates contest for 25 assembly seats in C/River
     A total of 187 candidates from 12 political parties are contesting for the 25 available seats in the Cross River House of Assembly for the 2023 general elections This was disclosed by Dr Cyril Omorogbe Resident Electoral Commissioner REC of the state at a news conference in Calabar He also disclosed that 11 political parties fielded 69 and 28 candidates for the eight House of Representatives seats and the three Senatorial seats respectively He said 11 political parties would fight for the governorship position d adding that Cross River had 322 351 new registrants in the just concluded voters registration The total completed registration recorded in the State at the close of Continuous Voters Registration CVR is 322 351 as well as 58 305 voter transfers and 20 822 PVC replacements A total of 73 Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Voter Enrolment Device VED were deployed to the 19 Registration centres in Cross River State i e the 18 LGA offices and the State office during the exercise he stated On Permanent Voters Card PVCs collection Omorogbe said collection would continue in all the Local Government Area LGAs offices of the State while 69 016 PVCs remained uncollected from 2011 to date He expressed egret that the collection rate of the PVCs was low considering that it wass just six months to the general elections According to him PVCs collection will continue in all the LGA offices PVCs collection by owners was one of the services carried out by our staff alongside the CVR A total of 27 158 new PVCs were received by the State Commission in April for distribution to their owners but at the close of registration only 3 897 were so far collected by voters leaving an outstanding balance of 23 261 This set of PVCs is for people that registered from June to December 2021 From the old PVCs that are left over from 2011 to 2018 we have on record 57 310 PVCs but only 11 555 have been collected by their owners during this period under review with an outstanding 45 755 which is still not collected While appealing for support from the political parties and their candidates ahead of elections he urged the people to collect their PVCs I pledge that we will continue to work hard to deliver free fair and credible elections come 2023 he stated INEC had fixed Feb 25 2023 for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections and March 11 2023 for Governorship and Assembly elections According to the schedule of activities for the general elections released by the commission campaign is expected to commence on Sept 28 and Oct 12 for the and state Assembly elections respectively NewsSourceCredit NAN
    187 candidates contest for 25 assembly seats in C/River
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    187 candidates contest for 25 assembly seats in C/River

    A total of 187 candidates from 12 political parties are contesting for the 25 available seats in the Cross River  House of Assembly for the 2023 general elections.

    This was disclosed by Dr Cyril Omorogbe, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the state at a news conference in Calabar.

    He also disclosed that 11 political parties fielded 69 and 28 candidates for the eight House of Representatives seats and the three Senatorial seats respectively.

    He said 11 political parties would fight for the governorship position,d adding that Cross River had 322,351 new registrants in the just concluded voters registration.

    “The total completed registration recorded in the State at the close of Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) is 322,351 as well as 58,305 voter transfers and 20,822 PVC replacements.

    “A total of 73 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Voter Enrolment Device (VED) were deployed to the 19 Registration centres in Cross River State (i.

    e. the 18 LGA offices and the State office) during the exercise,” he stated.

    On Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) collection, Omorogbe said collection would continue in all the Local Government Area (LGAs) offices of the State, while 69,016 PVCs remained uncollected from 2011 to date.

    He expressed egret that the collection rate of the PVCs was low, considering that it wass just six months to the general elections.

    According to him, “PVCs collection will continue in all the LGA offices.

    PVCs collection by owners was one of the services carried out by our staff alongside the CVR.

    “A total of 27,158 new PVCs were received by the State Commission in April for distribution to their owners but at the close of registration, only 3,897 were so far collected by voters, leaving an outstanding balance of 23,261 “This set of PVCs is for people that registered from June to December 2021. “From the old PVCs that are left over from 2011 to 2018; we have on record 57,310 PVCs but only 11,555 have been collected by their owners during this period under review with an outstanding 45,755 which is still not collected.

    ” While appealing for support from the political parties and their candidates ahead of elections, he urged the people to collect their PVCs. “I pledge that we will continue to work hard to deliver free, fair and credible elections come 2023,” he stated.

    INEC had fixed Feb. 25, 2023 for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections and March 11 2023 for Governorship and Assembly elections.

    According to the schedule of activities for the general elections released by the commission, campaign is expected to commence on Sept. 28 and Oct. 12 for the and state Assembly elections respectively.


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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says 585 629 eligible residents completed their registrations at the end of the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR in Lagos State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this in statement on Tuesday after conclusion of the CVR in the state The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that INEC CVR which started on June 28 2021 was initially billed to end on June 30 before it was extended to July 31 Agbaje who appreciated the people of the state for turning out in large numbers to participate in the exercise said the exercise had to end in order to allow INEC carry out other activities ahead of the 2023 general elections He said the CVR had to end to pave way for the commission to carry out other functions required by the Electoral Act 2022 regarding voter registration that would require time for such functions to be performed For the avoidance of doubt the commission is required to carry out display of the regrster of voters for claims and objections by members of the public clean up the register to remove multiple registrants using the Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS and consolidate the data of existing voters and newly registered voters for the production of National register of Voters The commission is required to produce Permanent Voters Cards PVCs for all fresh registrants and applicants for transfer as well as replacement of lost or damaged PVCs The INEC boss said the commission had to also give enough time for the collection of PVCs by their owners before the general elections in 2023 He added that INEC also needed time to make copies of updated register of voters available to political parties not later than 30 days to the general elections According to him the commission has other activities that must be accomplished ahead of the general elections We appreciate the cooperation of Lagos residents during the CVR and reiterate our determination to conduct very free fair credible and acceptable elections in 2023 We also call for the citizens maximum cooperation and understanding as we forge ahead Agbaje said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CVR: 585, 629 new voters enrolled in Lagos -INEC
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says 585 629 eligible residents completed their registrations at the end of the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR in Lagos State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this in statement on Tuesday after conclusion of the CVR in the state The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that INEC CVR which started on June 28 2021 was initially billed to end on June 30 before it was extended to July 31 Agbaje who appreciated the people of the state for turning out in large numbers to participate in the exercise said the exercise had to end in order to allow INEC carry out other activities ahead of the 2023 general elections He said the CVR had to end to pave way for the commission to carry out other functions required by the Electoral Act 2022 regarding voter registration that would require time for such functions to be performed For the avoidance of doubt the commission is required to carry out display of the regrster of voters for claims and objections by members of the public clean up the register to remove multiple registrants using the Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS and consolidate the data of existing voters and newly registered voters for the production of National register of Voters The commission is required to produce Permanent Voters Cards PVCs for all fresh registrants and applicants for transfer as well as replacement of lost or damaged PVCs The INEC boss said the commission had to also give enough time for the collection of PVCs by their owners before the general elections in 2023 He added that INEC also needed time to make copies of updated register of voters available to political parties not later than 30 days to the general elections According to him the commission has other activities that must be accomplished ahead of the general elections We appreciate the cooperation of Lagos residents during the CVR and reiterate our determination to conduct very free fair credible and acceptable elections in 2023 We also call for the citizens maximum cooperation and understanding as we forge ahead Agbaje said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CVR: 585, 629 new voters enrolled in Lagos -INEC
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    CVR: 585, 629 new voters enrolled in Lagos -INEC

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says  585,629 eligible residents completed their registrations at the end of the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in Lagos State.

    INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lagos state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this in statement on Tuesday,  after  conclusion of the CVR in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls  that INEC CVR, which started on June 28, 2021 was initially billed to end on June 30 before it was extended to July 31. Agbaje, who appreciated the people of the state for turning out in large numbers to participate in the exercise, said the exercise had to end in order to allow INEC carry out other activities ahead of the 2023 general elections.

    He said the CVR had to end to pave way for the commission to carry out other functions required by the Electoral Act 2022, regarding  voter registration that would require time for such functions to be performed.

    “For the avoidance of doubt, the commission is required to carry out display of the regrster of voters for claims and objections by members of the public, clean up the register to remove multiple registrants using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) and consolidate the data of existing voters and newly registered voters for the production of National register of Voters.

    “The commission is required to produce Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all fresh registrants and applicants for transfer as well as replacement of lost or damaged PVCs.” The INEC boss said  the commission had to also give enough time for the collection of PVCs by their owners before the general elections in 2023. He added that INEC also needed time to make copies of updated register of voters available to political parties not later than 30 days to the general elections.

    According to him, the commission has other activities that must be accomplished ahead of the general elections.

    “We appreciate the cooperation of Lagos residents during the CVR and reiterate our determination to conduct very free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in 2023. “We also call for the citizens’ maximum cooperation and understanding as we forge ahead,” Agbaje said.


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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it recorded 10 4 million fresh registration in the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration CVR before it suspension on July 31 INEC said this in its CVR Update for Quarter 4 week 16 released on Monday Aug 1 in Abuja The commission also said that during the period 12 2 million registrants completed their registrations of which 3 4 million registered online while 8 8 million registered through physical registration INEC gave the gender breakdown of the registrants who completed their registrations to be 6 074 078 male and 6 224 866 female The update also showed that 8 784 677 of the registrants that completed their registrations were youths 2 430 709 middle aged 956 017 elderly 127 541 old persons while 87 083 were Persons With Disabilities PWDs INEC also said that during the period of CVR the commission received 31 098 013 applications including those for voter transfer requests for replacement of PVCs update of voter information record etc of which 216 442 was from PWDs It gave the gender breakdown of those who applied to be 16 148 645 for male and 14 949 368 from women A breakdown of the completed registration by states showed that Lagos has the highest number of registrants that completed their registration with 585 629 registrants followed by Kano with 569 103 and Delta with 523 517 Ekiti has the lowest number of people who completed registration with 124 844 followed by Yobe 152 414 FCT 211 341 and Imo with 213 270 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the last CVR commenced in April 2017 and ended in August 2018 in the lead up to the 2019 general elections It was scheduled to resume in the first quarter of 2020 but was suspended following the break out of COVID 19 pandemic However INEC resumed the exercise on June 28 2021 and suspended it on July 31 ABI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Fresh registration hits 10.4m as INEC suspends CVR
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it recorded 10 4 million fresh registration in the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration CVR before it suspension on July 31 INEC said this in its CVR Update for Quarter 4 week 16 released on Monday Aug 1 in Abuja The commission also said that during the period 12 2 million registrants completed their registrations of which 3 4 million registered online while 8 8 million registered through physical registration INEC gave the gender breakdown of the registrants who completed their registrations to be 6 074 078 male and 6 224 866 female The update also showed that 8 784 677 of the registrants that completed their registrations were youths 2 430 709 middle aged 956 017 elderly 127 541 old persons while 87 083 were Persons With Disabilities PWDs INEC also said that during the period of CVR the commission received 31 098 013 applications including those for voter transfer requests for replacement of PVCs update of voter information record etc of which 216 442 was from PWDs It gave the gender breakdown of those who applied to be 16 148 645 for male and 14 949 368 from women A breakdown of the completed registration by states showed that Lagos has the highest number of registrants that completed their registration with 585 629 registrants followed by Kano with 569 103 and Delta with 523 517 Ekiti has the lowest number of people who completed registration with 124 844 followed by Yobe 152 414 FCT 211 341 and Imo with 213 270 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the last CVR commenced in April 2017 and ended in August 2018 in the lead up to the 2019 general elections It was scheduled to resume in the first quarter of 2020 but was suspended following the break out of COVID 19 pandemic However INEC resumed the exercise on June 28 2021 and suspended it on July 31 ABI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Fresh registration hits 10.4m as INEC suspends CVR
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    Fresh registration hits 10.4m as INEC suspends CVR

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it recorded 10.4 million fresh registration in the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) before it suspension on July 31. INEC said this in its CVR Update for Quarter 4, week 16, released on Monday, Aug. 1 in Abuja.

    The commission also said that during the period, 12.2 million registrants completed their registrations, of which 3.4 million registered online, while 8.8 million registered through physical registration.

    INEC gave the gender breakdown of the registrants who completed their registrations to be, 6,074,078 male and 6,224,866 female.

    The update also showed that 8,784,677 of the registrants that completed their registrations were youths, 2,430,709 middle aged, 956,017 elderly, 127,541 old persons, while 87,083 were Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).

    INEC also said that during the period of CVR, the commission received 31,098,013 applications including those for voter transfer, requests for replacement of PVCs, update of voter information record, etc, of which 216,442 was from PWDs. It gave the gender breakdown of those who applied to be 16,148,645 for male and 14,949,368 from women.

    A breakdown of the completed registration by states showed that Lagos has the highest number of registrants that completed their registration with 585,629 registrants, followed by Kano with 569,103 and Delta with 523,517. Ekiti has the lowest number of people who completed registration with 124,844, followed by Yobe 152,414, FCT 211,341 and Imo with 213, 270. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the last CVR commenced in April 2017 and ended in August 2018, in the lead-up to the 2019 general elections.

    It was scheduled to resume in the first quarter of 2020 but was suspended following the break out of COVID-19 pandemic.

    However, INEC resumed the exercise on June 28, 2021 and suspended it on July 31. ABI
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