The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos state said Thursday that no fewer than 1,096,355 permanent voter cards (PVCs) printed before the 2019 general election have yet to be collected in the state.
INEC's new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, revealed this at his first stakeholder meeting with party leaders, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders on Thursday in Lagos.
“Let me also inform you that some Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) of those who registered before the 2019 General Election are still available at the 20 LGAs for collection that are supposed to have been.
“It is important to point out that before the 2019 General Elections, a total of 5,626,537 PVCs were collected from the 6,728,394 PVCs received in the state, leaving a balance of 1,101,557.
“Of the rest, 5,202 had been collected so far since the beginning of the CVR exercise last year.
“A total of 1,096,355 PVCs have yet to be collected as we speak.
“I want to take this opportunity to urge all those who have not yet collected their PVCs to go to the INEC offices in the LGAs where they registered to do so.
“All issued PVCs are valid for voting in all elections held in the 2023 general election,” Agbaje said.
The REC said that the level of participation by eligible state residents since the start of the CVR, both online and in the physical capture exercise, was very low compared to other states in the country with smaller populations.
According to him, those who have registered online without completing the physical capture exercise will not be eligible for PVCs and will not be able to vote in 2023.
He said that the third quarter of the CVR has been completed and the printing of the record generated during the third quarter is advanced, which would be on display between March 26 and April 1, for claims and objections.
Agbaje said the fourth quarter CVR would take place between April 11 and June 30.
“So far, a total of 112,127 eligible citizens have completed their registration as of March 21 in Lagos state since the start of the CVR in 2021,” INEC REC said.
He said that before the expansion of voter access to voting units across the Federation in 2021, Lagos state had 8,464 voting units, but voting units increased to 13,325 after the exercise.
The commissioner urged party leaders and the state media to help INEC educate voters to register or transfer their registration to the new voting units in the ongoing CVR so as not to defeat the purpose of create them.
Agbaje urged political parties to always strictly adhere to their respective parties' constitutions, the Electoral Law and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in all their affairs, particularly ensuring internal party democracy during the upcoming primaries.
The REC noted that the main challenges facing the commission were “the win-at-all-cost attitudes of some politicians and voter apathy.
In his remarks, Mr. Olusegun Mobolaji, Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Lagos State, said the council was ready to work with INEC on all its activities ahead of the 2023 general election.
Furthermore, Prince Ifagbemi Awamaridi, Chairman of the Lagos State Labor Party (LP), said that all stakeholders demanded integrity and transparency from INEC, saying that people would not complain if the elections were free and fair.
Mr. Richard Benson, Lagos State Vice President of the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP) and IPAC Publicity Secretary, called on INEC to do more in awareness campaigns and opportunities for people living with disabilities.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says no fewer than 127,424 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) have yet to be claimed in Ebonyi. Dr. Joseph Chukwuemeka, INEC's Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ebonyi, revealed this at a press conference in Abakiliki on Wednesday. ”As of March 15, 2022, around 127,424 PVCs were still unclaimed and in our custody. "These PVCs were collected from the CBN and transferred to the various INEC local government offices for collection," he said. The INEC official said owners of unclaimed PVCs must show proof of ownership before they are allowed to pick them up. He described the PVC as a very important document for the election and said "no reason can be given for it". “I encourage voters who registered in 2018 but have not yet collected their PVCs to visit their local government offices for identification and collection. "It is the voter card that qualifies the electorate to vote, we need to collect them in order to exercise our right to vote," he said. Chukwuemeka said the Abakiliki Local Government Area accounted for the largest amount of unclaimed PVC in the state with a total of 42,816 cards. He said Afikpo North had 7,550 unclaimed PVCs, Afikpo South 3,011, Ebonyi 37,127, Ezza North 3,3,026, Ezza South 2,085, while Ikwo 9,836, Ishielu 2,446 and Ivo 3,124 had uncashed cards. The REC further said that Izzi accounted for 4,969 unclaimed PVCs, Ohaozara 1,885, Ohaukwu 6,620, while Onicha had 3,202 cards. He said it was not true that PVCs obtained in 2018 had expired or could not be used for the 2023 general election. “The issued PVCs don't expire, they don't have an expiration date written on them,” he said. Chukwuemeka said INEC had so far captured a total of 189,645 people in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in the state. “Since the CRV exercise began on June 28, 2021, we have captured no fewer than 189,645 eligible voters in the state as of March 15. "This number comprises registrations made in the first, second and third quarters of the year, and we are making great progress," he said. Chukwuemeka said an additional 16 INEC Voter Registration Devices (IVEDs) had been deployed to complement the 15 machines previously deployed for the exercise in the state. ”Before the start of the CVR exercise in the third quarter, the records were restricted to the INEC local government offices and the state headquarters. ”I am pleased to announce that registration has been approved to take place in the registration areas and room levels in the structured movement of the IVED. “The machines are moved from one area or room to another on a weekly basis to ensure adequate coverage,” he said. The REC warned members of the public against double registration to avoid being disqualified from voting.
(REPORTS) It is no longer news that the electoral bodies of some states are exploring the possibility of having to organize their local government elections on working days -Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday- evolving and leaving the established secular tradition National Electoral (INEC) in the programming of weekends, mostly on Saturdays, as election day and extends to Sunday if an election has an overflow.
The Katsina State Independent Electoral Commission (KASIEC) had announced about a month ago the date of the long-awaited local government elections in the state to be held on Monday, April 11, 2022. In the same vein, the Commission Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) had earlier set Wednesday, February 23, for the election of 260 district councilors and 17 chairperson positions within the state.INEC President Mahmood Yakubu in charge of elections in Nigeria
To give a professional idea of this development, a National INEC Commissioner, Mr. Festus Okoye, said that the Electoral Law of 2010, as amended, does not make any day of the week sacrosanct for holding elections. Okoye, who is the National Commissioner in charge of INEC's Information and Electoral Education Committee (IVEC), noted that INEC has subscribed to using Saturdays as election days to minimize disruption to the social and economic life of Nigerians.
“There is no constitutional or legal provision that orders elections to be held on Saturday. It's just conventional. Possibly, it is done to prevent large-scale disruption of social and economic life. Some countries hold elections on weekdays and people just vote and go back to work and business. We must make our elections very civilized,” said the INEC national commissioner, who had overseen the national elections.
In collaboration, INEC Enugu State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Emeka Ononamadu, said that naturally there is nothing wrong with holding elections on weekdays. Ononamadu noted that Saturdays had somehow become preferable to ensure fewer distractions because elections are still done manually, adding that there would always be a need to move men and materials from one place to another and "if all other activities were performed simultaneously, there may be obstruction such as traffic, etc.”
According to Ononamadu, “If the elections are held during the week, they will not release some security men who will be involved in other official functions such as ministries, banks, road traffic, etc. Again, with our type of politics and low citizen participation in elections, if the elections are held during the week, the aggrieved citizens will prefer their work to civic duty. But if it's done on Saturdays, they may be motivated to vote out of idleness, which can just as well spark patriotism if they also angrily decide to vote according to their consciences."
“If the elections are held on weekends, the economic loss that the nation would have had by holding them during the week is reduced. On weekends, banks, most government offices are not open to the public. Therefore, the tendency for holding elections on weekdays to cause disenfranchisement is high. There are so many advantages to holding elections on weekends these days.
“However, there are some downsides. First, most elections held on Saturdays end on Sundays and then affect the religious beliefs of some people. If the election is to be concluded on a Sunday, the level of participation becomes lower than during the week, except now that the INEC has introduced many innovations that allow the vote to finish in record time, except in the areas where there are interruptions.
“INEC completes the change from manual elections to a high percentage of electronic elections, the conversation of holding elections during the week can begin. If attitudes about turnout are higher and the bullying that the need for more security allows is lower, the midweek election conversation can pick up steam. For now and in my opinion, I prefer elections on weekends, but my preference does not make midweek elections inappropriate or illegal,” the REC noted.
However, to the contrary, the Interparty Advisory Council (IPAC) says that setting elections on weekdays is an anomaly that must be corrected urgently. The chairman of IPAC in Enugu state, Chief Edwin Alor, said such moves, if allowed, would clearly disenfranchise some segments of the electorate.
According to Alor, “this measure will deprive thousands of officials, merchants and artisans who wish to cast their votes and participate in the election of their favorite candidates of their rights. He is concerned that midweek elections will surely negatively affect voters who would want to vote in the election, as well as other segments of the electorate in the state.”
“We are not in support and the IPAC sees it as an aberration that must be corrected for the benefit of all. And make sure there is no apathy towards the election itself due to wrong scheduling or timing. I will officially write about it. IPAC will also meet with critical stakeholders on the issue, including ENSIEC,” the IPAC chair said.
In a presentation, a civil society organization (CSO) noted that holding midweek elections is becoming the norm in most democratic countries around the world. The Executive Director of the Africa Network for the Advocacy of Leadership and Entrepreneurship (LEAD), Mr. Chukwuma Okenwa, pointed out that claims that public officials or business people are disenfranchised are unrealistic as they can vote and return to their offices or businesses, where there is no declared holiday.
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However, Okenwa pointed out that the local government election takes place at the neighborhood or district level and as such does not require much movement or effort. He pointed out that the only thing that officials, merchants and artisans have to do, even in the worst of cases, is to prepare early, go to the polling stations, cast their votes and go to the offices or companies. Your employer (government) and clients clearly understand that there will be a civic exercise (voting) in progress.
“Perhaps, the electoral body saw the need to choose any other day beyond weekends this time. I think it is not entirely out of place. However, setting election dates on a weekday must be done with the full participation and consent of electoral stakeholders: political parties, civil societies, media, security agencies, etc. This is to ensure that there does not appear to be a design to disenfranchise any segment of the electorate.
“I believe that those who sincerely want to vote and have their voter cards can be found in all segments of the electorate. People going to work or other places of interest should prepare in advance, cast their votes and go about their respective activities for the day. The truth of the matter is that some people (whether public officials or business owners) might not be eligible to vote because they didn't have a voter card in the first place,” the executive director said.
This evolutionary development, when done with broad consultation of electoral stakeholders, waterproof electoral security and application of technology, less manual and human interference in the electoral system, will surely take the country's democracy to greater heights.
It would also change the current orientation of some political party candidates, their supporters, and some constituents, seeing the election as psychological and physical warfare with perceived opponents. The days when many voters eagle-eyed a ballot box, even after casting their ballots in the voting booths, as if the ballot box were going to mysteriously disappear would soon be over in the country.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 6,082,639 Nigerians have re-registered for the ongoing Nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) as of 7am Monday. February 21st.
The commission, in a CVR Quarter 3, Week 7 update released Monday in Abuja, also revealed that 3,329,204 Nigerians completed their registration at the time of the update.
He also pointed out that 1,373,240 registrants did so online while 1,955,964 did so physically, of which 28,711 of the figure were Persons with Disabilities (PWD).
He pointed out that the distribution by gender shows that of those who completed their registration, 1,675,318 were men and 1,653,886 women, of whom 2,310,554 were young people between 18 and 34 years old.
Likewise, it indicated that 10,329,413 million registered voters requested transfer of voters, requests for replacement of Permanent Voter Credentials (PVC) and updating of electoral information records.
It noted that 5,506,557 million applications were from male voters and 4,822,856 million were from female voters, while 100,610 were from PWDS.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has decided to delegate the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to the Ward levels in Ekiti and Osun states.
INEC President Prof. Mahmood Yakubu revealed this at the commission's meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja on Tuesday.
Yakubu said this was to allow more citizens to register ahead of gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun set for June 18 and July 16, respectively.
“Similarly, to provide more eligible voters with an opportunity to register, the Commission is considering returning the exercise to a national level beyond our state and local government offices, where registration currently takes place.
“The devolution of the CVR exercise to other designated centers is one of the main topics of discussion at this meeting,” he said.
Regarding the functionality of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), Yakubu said that so far, the device has performed optimally in verifying voter cards and uploading electoral results.
According to him, it has also improved the credibility of election results since its introduction.
He said that while the challenges with optimal functionality of the device were acknowledged, INEC would review and improve it ahead of the upcoming by-elections, the Osun and Ekiti gubernatorial elections, as well as the 2023 general election.
“The outcome of elections held since the introduction of the BVAS in the Isoko Sur I State Constituency By-Election, followed by the Governor Election and, more recently, in the FCT Area Council Election have been considered positively believable.
“However, challenges to optimal device functionality are recognized and we are working on them.
“When the commission presented the BVAS last year, the compact device was intended to achieve two goals.
"First is the verification of the authenticity of the Permanent Voter Credentials (PVC) and the authentication of the voters' fingerprint or facial during accreditation," he said.
According to him, secondly, to replace the Z-pad to upload the results of the voting unit to the INEC Results Visualization Portal (IReV) in real time on election day.
“Until now, the BVAS has performed optimally in verifying the authenticity of the PVCs and uploading images of the results of the Voting Unit in the IReV.
“We will review and enhance its functionality for biometric voter accreditation in the upcoming midterms and off-season gubernatorial elections prior to the 2023 general election.
"The Commission remains convinced that the deployment of technology in our elections safeguards the integrity of the vote and provides a better guarantee for electoral credibility than the best manual process," Yakubu said.
He said that the review of the election day administration in general was one of the topics to be discussed at this meeting.
Yakubu said that over the years, the commission had made tremendous strides in improving election logistics, hiring staff, training, deploying and introducing technology for voter verification and authentication.
He added that the creation of the Registration Area Centers (RAC) improved the early opening of the polls and added that the benefits of these new innovations for the electoral process and the credibility of the elections have been enormous.
The INEC president said that over the next few weeks, INEC will intensify efforts to decongest voting units ahead of the upcoming Ekiti and Osun gubernatorial elections and ultimately the 2023 general election.
Yakubu said that finding a solution to the problem was one of the reasons for calling the meeting.
“Closely related to the issue of the CVR is the balanced distribution of voters to the polling stations at the national level.
“Last year, the Commission accomplished the historic feat of expanding voter access to voting units across the country.
“The idea is to decongest densely populated voting units that were previously Voting Points (VP) and Voting Point Settlements (VPS) to Voting Units and relocate some of them to underserved and underserved areas to make it easier for voters to vote. voters on election day.
“While this lofty goal has been achieved in many states, there are still congested Voting Units and other Voting Units with between 0 and 50 voters, as we saw in some of the recent elections.”
INEC says that new registration in the third quarter of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) across the country has reached 5,173,335.
INEC in its weekly update on CVR for Q3 Week 3 in Abuja on Monday also revealed that 2,665,421 registrants had completed physical and online registration.
This according to updated statistics comprised 1,344,813 men and 1,320,608 women.
Statistics indicated that 24,723 of the figure were Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDS) and 1,854,371 were young people between the ages of 18 and 34.
It also noted that of the 2,665,421 people who had completed their registration, 1,092,742 did so online, while 1,572,679 did so physically.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the update also revealed that INEC had received 8,550,561 applications.
The total figure includes voter transfer requests, requests for replacement of Permanent Voter Credentials and updating of voter information records, among others.
A gender distribution of the claims revealed that 4,572,235 were men and 3,978,326 were women, while 87,733 of the claims were from PWDS in all categories.Keep reading
Of the active participation of the communautés à cette activité que leur a mieux permits understand the missions Assignées à la policiaBANGUI, Central African Republic, January 15, 2022/APO Group/ --
In appui à la mise en œuvre du Program for the Reduction of Community Violence (CVR5), the DDR Section (Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration) of the MINUSCA of Bouar organized le jeudi 13 janvier à Bawi a session of community dialogue between the forces of security intérieure et les communautés sous la présidence du sous-préfet de Baoro, Daniel Kpassinam.
Rassemblant 30 participants no 2 policemen, 2 gendarmes, 7 women and 19 leaders of communities and groups of localities of Bawi, Baoro and the environment, ce dialog communinautaire a servi de cadre de d'échanges aux participants pour s'informer sur les rôles et responsabilités de la police et de la gendarmerie dans l'amélioration de l'environnement sécuritaire. The discussions ont également porté sur l'appui que les communautés peuvent aporter aux forces de securité intérieure dans the conduite des missions de securisation dans sous-préfecture de Baoro.
In the issue of the communautaire dialogue session, the sous-préfet of Baoro, Daniel Kpassinam s'est réjoui « de la Participation Active des communautés à cette activité que leur a mieux permis comprendre les missions Assignées à la Police et à la gendarmerie". Il a également revealé «le souhait des communautés de voir les forces de securité intérieure become une police de proximité que vers les Populations afin de s'querir de leurs nouvelles. »
On the sidelines of this community dialogue session, the DDR team organizes a community awareness session or awareness messages on social cohesion, peace and security within communities.
Finally, this mission is the occasion to register 53 beneficiaries of the CVR5 program with 23 women and proceed to visit a site to serve the construction of a school in the cadre of stabilization actions des communautés et de prevention des conflits.
The Community Violence Reduction Program (CVR5) is a MINUSCA initiative that promotes dialogue between communities and internal security forces to improve security and contribute to the protection of populations. The current supporter of the National Program for Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration and Rapatriation (PNDDRR) is in operation for the Central African Government to restore the country in the Central African Republic.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has begun the distribution of Permanent Electoral Cédulas, PVC, in the FCT before the Area Council elections scheduled for February 12.
Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Voter Information and Education Committee, told the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Friday that the Commission printed 39,208 new PVCs.
He said they would be distributed to registered voters who participated in the Continuous Voter Registration Exercise, CVR, recently suspended in the territory.
He also told NAN that the distribution would cover applicants for transfers, replacement of lost or damaged PVCS and updating of voter records.
Okoye said the distribution of the cards began Monday and would end on February 4, urging registered voters to still pick them up to do so.
“All those who participated in the CVR at the FCT are encouraged to collect their PVCs at the six Area Councils.
“We encourage those who have previously registered and have not collected their PVCs to take advantage of this opportunity and do so.
“Those who transferred their registration from one Area Council to another or from other states to the FCT are encouraged to come to the INEC Area Council offices to collect their cards.
"Those who requested the replacement of lost or damaged PVCS and the update of voter records should do the same," he said.
The national commissioner recalled that 42,986 Nigerians completed their registration with the FCT.
Mr. Okoye said that after diligent data verification and cleansing using the Commission's Automatic Biometric Identification System, 14,665 multiple registrants were removed leaving 28,321 valid registrants.
He said the Commission might not extend the deadline for the collection of PVC.
"Those who made the necessary efforts to register must go the extra mile collecting their PVCs and exercising their democratic mandate," he said.
Mr. Okoye emphasized that the Commission did not print PVC for those who participated in multiple registrations, as their previous registration was still valid.
He explained that they could vote in the Electoral Units and Registration Areas of their current registry.
"The new registries have been quarantined and the Commission will decide at a later date on the fate of those who committed illegal electoral acts," he also said.
The FCT Area Councils have 68 electoral districts for six Presidents and 62 Councilors.
The elections for the presidential positions will be contested by 55 candidates (52 men and three women), while the elections for the vice presidency will have 47 men and eight women sponsored by 14 political parties.
The 363 candidates competing for Councilor positions are 332 men and 31 women.
In all, 473 candidates and their running mates compete for the 68 elective seats.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says that the new record in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registry, CVR, amounts to 4,539,102, at 7 am on Monday, December 6.
The commission revealed this in a weekly update for the second quarter, week nine on CVR, which it published in Abuja.
The commission in the update, revealed that 2,096,623 registrants had completed the online and physical registration, made up of 1,058,786 men; 1,037,837 women; and 20,686 people living with disabilities, people with disabilities.
He noted that a breakdown by type of registration revealed that 853,712 were registered online, while 1,242,911 was through physical registration.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the age distribution of new entrants shows that 1,494,479 are young people between the ages of 18 and 34; 411,046, middle-aged from 35 to 49 years; 169,077 seniors aged 50 to 69 years and 22,021 seniors aged 70 and over.
The distribution by occupation also shows that 132,723 are artisans, 393,169 in business, 196,816 agriculture / fishing, 204,448 housewives, 83,615 civil servants, 135,799 merchants, 25,972 civil servants, 818,191 students and 105,890 other / unspecified.
NAN also reports that the distribution shows that Osun has the highest number of registrants who completed their registration with 167,051; followed by Anambra, with 138,743; Delta with 120,134 and Kano State with 106,556.
The state with the lowest number of registered people was Imo with 13,856; followed by Yobe with 23,915 and Zamfara 29,989.
The commission said it had also received a total of 7,208,664 requests, including transfer requests, requests for replacement of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCS, and update of the voter information registry, among others.
The breakdown of applications by gender indicated that 3,862,802 applicants were male, 3,345,862 were female, and 76,065 applications came from PWDS.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said that the new record in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registry, CVR, has reached 4,297,494.
The commission revealed this in the weekly update for the second quarter, week seven, released by the commission on Monday in Abuja.
The commission said that as of 7 am on Monday, November 22, some 1,856,771 people had completed their physical and online registration.
According to statistics provided by the commission, 1,856,771 people who completed their registration, include 941,098 men, 915,673 women.
It also added that 741,183 people completed their registration online, while 1,115,588 completed it through physical registration.