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  •  Alhaji Abdul Rahoof Bello Lab lab a Chieftain of the Social Democratic Party SDP in Kwara has advocated for a public holiday to enable residents of the state collect their Permanent Voter Cards PVCs Bello Lab lab made this appeal in a statement in Ilorin on Monday He urged Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to declare the holiday to enable civil and hellip
    PVC: SDP chieftain urges public holiday in Kwara
     Alhaji Abdul Rahoof Bello Lab lab a Chieftain of the Social Democratic Party SDP in Kwara has advocated for a public holiday to enable residents of the state collect their Permanent Voter Cards PVCs Bello Lab lab made this appeal in a statement in Ilorin on Monday He urged Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to declare the holiday to enable civil and hellip
    PVC: SDP chieftain urges public holiday in Kwara
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    PVC: SDP chieftain urges public holiday in Kwara

    Alhaji Abdul-Rahoof Bello-Labẹlabẹ, a Chieftain of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kwara, has advocated for a public holiday to enable residents of the state collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).Bello-Labẹlabẹ made this appeal in a statement in Ilorin on Monday.He urged Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to declare the holiday to enable civil and public servants to collect, replace or transfer their PVCs to polling units of their choice.While renewing his earlier appeal during a weekly radio programme, “Gbángbádẹ́kun” on Harmony FM, Idofian, he explained that the statement was to add weight to the voice.He cited examples of Zamfara, Abia and Niger States, among others,  who had declared public holidays to demonstrate their sense of duty and patriotism.According to him, it is important for the state government to complement INEC’s efforts and generosity in extending the ongoing voter registration by a few days in line with international best practices.He pointed out the importance of the PVC in participatory democracy in conjunction with citizens’ civic responsibility as enshrined in Chapter II, Section 24, of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.He doubted the possibility of workers fulfilling this political obligation if not allowed to update their electoral records with INEC currently ongoing.He therefore called on Nigerians to visit the nearest INEC registration centre to their residences to replace damaged PVCs or update their image and bio-data to avoid being disenfranchised in the 2023 elections.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Chief Ejike Itodo the Chairman Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State has decried the burning down of INEC office in the area by suspected arsonists The News Agency of Nigeria reports that yet to be identified hoodlums torched the commission s office in the council area on Sunday night Reacting to the incident in an interview with hellip
    Enugu counciI boss decries burning of INEC’s office
     Chief Ejike Itodo the Chairman Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State has decried the burning down of INEC office in the area by suspected arsonists The News Agency of Nigeria reports that yet to be identified hoodlums torched the commission s office in the council area on Sunday night Reacting to the incident in an interview with hellip
    Enugu counciI boss decries burning of INEC’s office
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    Enugu counciI boss decries burning of INEC’s office

    Chief Ejike Itodo, the Chairman, Igboeze-North Local Government Area of Enugu State, has decried the burning down of INEC office in the area by suspected arsonists.
    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that yet-to-be identified hoodlums torched the commission’s office in the council area on Sunday night.
    Reacting to the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, Itodo described the incident as unfortunate.
    He expressed sadness that the hoodlums targetted INEC office for attack.
    “It’s unfortunate that at the period INEC is making serious preparations for the 2023 general elections, some criminal elements chose to set the commission’s office on fire.
    “What happened on Sunday night is a reflection of security challenges facing the country .
    “The council will continue to collaborate with relevant security agencies in the area to beef up security to avoid a repeat of the ugly incident,” he said.
    The Police Public Relation Officer in the state, Mr Daniel Ndukwe, had in statement on Monday confirmed the incident.
    Ndukwe stated that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Abubakar Lawal, had ordered the State CID to conduct thorough investigations to ascertain the cause of the attack.
    “The police have urged residents of the area to support police with credible information and intelligence in the ongoing investigations.
    “Meanwhile, the area has been cordoned-off for preservation and further investigative actions,” Ndukwe stated.

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  •  Commissioner of Police in Enugu State Mr Lawal Abubakar has ordered a thorough investigation to unravel cause of fire outbreak in INEC office in Igboeze North Local Government Area It would be recalled that fire outbreak at Igboeze North Local Government Area s INEC Office located at Ogurute in Enugu Ezike community of the council took place hellip
    CP orders investigation on cause of fire in INEC office in Enugu LGA
     Commissioner of Police in Enugu State Mr Lawal Abubakar has ordered a thorough investigation to unravel cause of fire outbreak in INEC office in Igboeze North Local Government Area It would be recalled that fire outbreak at Igboeze North Local Government Area s INEC Office located at Ogurute in Enugu Ezike community of the council took place hellip
    CP orders investigation on cause of fire in INEC office in Enugu LGA
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    CP orders investigation on cause of fire in INEC office in Enugu LGA

    Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Lawal Abubakar, has ordered a thorough investigation to unravel cause of fire outbreak in INEC office in Igboeze North Local Government Area.

    It would be recalled that fire outbreak at Igboeze North Local Government Area’s INEC Office, located at Ogurute in Enugu-Ezike community of the council, took place at about 11pm on July 3.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Daniel Ndukwe, in Enugu on Monday.

    He said that the fire might have started from the back of the building.

    He noted that the fire was put out by police operatives that mobilised to the scene on receipt of the information, with assistance from personnel of Enugu State Fire Service, thereby averting further damages within the vicinity.

    “Consequently, the CP has assured that the command will do all it can to unravel the cause of the incident and take necessary action.

    The commissioner also enjoined residents of the area to support the police with credible information and intelligence in the ongoing investigation.

    The PPRO said that the area had been cordoned for preservation and further investigation.

    Meanwhile, INEC says some gunmen on Sunday set ablaze its office in Igboeze North Local Government Area and destroyed about 748 ballot boxes and 240 voting cubicles in the process.

    Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner in-charge of Information and Voter Education, disclosed this in a statement issued Monday in Abuja.

    The statement reads: “The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Dr Emeka Ononamadu, reported that our Igboeze North Local Government Area office was set ablaze by unknown arsonists.

    “The attack happened at about 11:48pm on Sunday, July 3. The arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises and set the building ablaze.

    “Although no casualties were reported; 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture and equipment were destroyed in spite of the best effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.

    “The Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) and uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

    “The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

    “The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for 2023 General Election, is worrisome,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on May 23, 2021, INEC office in Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.

    This followed earlier attacks on Udenu Local Government Area’s INEC office on May 13, 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on May 16, 2021.

    The commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the ongoing CVR and collection of PVCs. (

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  •  The National Youth Service Corps NYSC has condemned alleged act of electoral misconduct involving a corps member Orji Nkenna and some staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Osun State This is contained in a statement by the NYSC Director Press and Public Relations Mr Eddy Megwa on Sunday in Abuja According to hellip
    NYSC condemns alleged electoral misconduct involving  corps member in Osun
     The National Youth Service Corps NYSC has condemned alleged act of electoral misconduct involving a corps member Orji Nkenna and some staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Osun State This is contained in a statement by the NYSC Director Press and Public Relations Mr Eddy Megwa on Sunday in Abuja According to hellip
    NYSC condemns alleged electoral misconduct involving  corps member in Osun
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    NYSC condemns alleged electoral misconduct involving  corps member in Osun

    The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has condemned alleged act of electoral misconduct involving a corps member, Orji Nkenna and some staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Osun State.

    This is contained in a statement by the NYSC Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Eddy Megwa, on Sunday in Abuja.According to him, it is rather unfortunate that Nkenna, who is one of the accused persons, could debase himself into such an atrocious act.”We have also noted that the case is under investigation, and if found guilty, the law should be invoked accordingly.”The NYSC, as a responsible youth-moulding organisation, hereby dissociates itself from such unpatriotic act of the culprits,” he said.Megwa said the involvement of corps members, in previous elections in the country was borne out of their track record of impeccable performances in several previous national assignments.He added that the scheme was proud of all of them that stuck to the rules.He also said all corps members, right from the orientation camps, were always sensitised by NYSC and INEC officials, to their roles during elections, including the statutory sanctions, in case they violated the electoral laws.”Consequently, any corps member that engages himself in any form of  electoral offence, must squarely face the wrath of the law, as stipulated in the electoral act.”NYSC will continue to play its role of promoting the unity and integration of the country, as it has been doing in its almost 50 years of existence.”With the 2023 general elections around the corner, the NYSC will not relent in consolidating the long existing partnership with INEC, towards ensuring a free, fair and credible election, to the delight of all Nigerians and the world at large.”The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Osun Police Command on Saturday said it arrested Nkenna, an INEC supervisor and another, for being responsible for missing Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

    The command’s Spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, alleged that the accused and others at large, manipulated the collection of PVCs at their Local Government Collection Office, in Atakumosa West Local Government Area.

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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Saturday said it was closely monitoring the security situation in Osun ahead of July 16 governorship election INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this in Abuja at a special meeting of the Inter agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ICCES The meeting was convened to review security arrangement and hellip
    INEC monitors security situation ahead Osun guber poll – Yakubu
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Saturday said it was closely monitoring the security situation in Osun ahead of July 16 governorship election INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this in Abuja at a special meeting of the Inter agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ICCES The meeting was convened to review security arrangement and hellip
    INEC monitors security situation ahead Osun guber poll – Yakubu
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    INEC monitors security situation ahead Osun guber poll – Yakubu

    The  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday said it was closely monitoring the security situation in Osun, ahead of July 16 governorship election.

    INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in Abuja at a special meeting of the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).

    The meeting was convened to review security arrangement and plans to ensure a  successful governorship poll in the state.

    Yakubu said that although the situation in Osun was generally calm at the moment,  INEC was concerned about some reported clashes in parts of the state.

    “In one recent example, the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) was disrupted in Erin Oke and Erin Ijesha Wards of Oriade Local Government Area resulting in the loss of 46 PVCs.

    “While the matter is being investigated by the police, the collection of PVCs for the affected wards is now taking place in the INEC office in Ijebu-Jesha.

    “Meanwhile, the state office has compiled the Voter Identification Numbers (VINs) of the cards and the commission has already reprinted the PVCs for the affected voters.

    “ I willl  like to assure all valid registrants in Osun  that no one will be disenfranchised on account of such incidence.

    “It is futile for anyone to attempt to vote using another person’s PVC. The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System will expose such fraud and persons apprehended will be prosecuted under the law,” Yakubu said.

    The chairman said the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji, and the Commissioner of Police,CP Wale Olokode, would brief the meeting on the readiness for the  Osun election.

    Yakubu said that on the part of INEC headquarters, all necessary arrangements had been completed for a hitch  free poll.

    He said that INEC  would soon deploy a- readiness-assessment team to Osun  to assess its preparations for the election.

     “It will also meet its staff, security agencies, transporters and traditional rulers to solicit their support for peaceful elections.

    “We will also observe the mock accreditation of voters in some Polling Units across the three Senatorial Districts of the state to test the functionality of the BVAS.

    “A few days to the election, we will return to Osun  to meet with the stakeholders and for the signing of the Peace Accord by political parties and candidates under the auspices of the National Peace Committee,” he said.

    The chairman described vote buying as a major concern in the nation’s elections, but disclosed that INEC was working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute  persons arrested in connection with vote buying  in the   Ekiti governorship election.

    “Action will commence as soon as the EFCC completes its investigations. I appeal to all security agencies to continue to join hands with the commission to tackle this menace.’’

    Yakubu appreciated the role played by the anti-corruption and security agencies in apprehending some of the perpetrators of the brazen assault on the nation’s democracy.

    He commended the synergy between the commission and the security agencies that ensured a seamless coordination in the widely acclaimed success of the Ekiti governorship election.

    “Security was well-coordinated. The election was peaceful. Personnel and materials were deployed promptly.

    “Election day processes commenced as scheduled. Election technology functioned optimally. Results were transmitted from the polling units and collated at the various collation centres in record time.

    “ I must, on behalf of the commission, convey our appreciation to all members of ICCES for the success of the election.

    “We must continue to build on the success of the Ekiti experience to ensure improved performance in subsequent elections, including the 2023 general elections,” Yakubu said.

    The chairman  also reassured  Nigerians who applied for Certified True Copies (CTCs) of documents arising from the recent party congresses, primaries and nomination of candidates that all the requests were being attended to expeditiously, in spite the huge number of documents.

    “ Nigerian elections, especially the conduct of primaries for the nomination of candidates by political parties, is one of the most litigated in the world.

    “As at yesterday evening (Friday July 1, 2022), 216 requests have so far been processed involving the certification of over 1,650,000 pages of documents.

    “Indeed, there are now far more cases challenging the breach of internal democracy within political parties than those involving the conduct of the main elections by INEC.

    “We will continue to work round the clock, including the weekends, to ensure that we attend to all applications received at the headquarters of the commission promptly,” he said.

    The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, who is also Co-Chair of ICCES, urged INEC and ICCES members to build on the successes recorded from the Ekiti election.

    Mongunu, represented by Sanusi Galadima, said that it was important as some disgruntled politicians might  attempt to sabotage the process for their selfish gains, through vote buying and other forms of voter inducement as well as political thuggery.

    Monguno commended  INEC for the extension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), which was scheduled to close on June 30, a development he said would enable more eligible voters to obtain their voter cards.

    “The NSA commended INEC, members of ICCES and other strategic stakeholders for their immense contributions toward improving the electoral process in Nigeria.

    “You will all agree with me that the commission is currently undergoing tremendous transformation through re-calibration of the electoral process in the areas of voter education, screening of voters at the polling units (using BVAS) as well as election result collation  and transmission.

    “ Records from the conduct of the last Ekiti governorship election indicated an impressive performance by the INEC as well as the ICCES member agencies as there were no any major incident of security concern recorded during and after the election.

    “However, more needs to be done in terms of enlightenment campaign to encourage voters to come out and cast their votes on the day of the election.

    “This is because of the low turnout recorded during the election compared to the total number of registered voters in the state.

    “Consequent upon the above, the NSA enjoined INEC, through the Department of Voter , to redouble efforts ahead of the Osun guber election and the forthcoming general elections in 2023,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that  heads and representatives of various security agencies, INEC National Commissioners, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun, Commissioner of Police and Secretary to the Commission attended the meeting.

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