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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has cautioned political parties against abusive language and acts likely to provoke violence or emotions in their campaigns for 2023 general election The INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu stated at the opening of a two day capacity workshop for members of INEC Press Corps on critical issues in the Electoral Act 2022 in preparations for the 2023 General Election in Lagos on Monday Mahmood represented by Festus Okoye INEC National Commissioner Information and Voter Education Committee urged all registered political parties to critically study and pay attention to the provisions of laws for proper and peaceful conduct of political campaigns rallies and processions The laws according to Mahmood included the Constitution the Electoral Act the Police Act and the Public Order Act A political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious ethnic tribal or sectional feelings Abusive intemperate slanderous or base language or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns Yakubu said Regarding activities toward 2023 general election Yakubu said that eight out of the 14 items on INEC calendar and schedule of activities including the release of the final list of candidates nominated for national election have been implemented He said that on Oct 4 INEC would release the final list of candidates nominated in relation to state elections On Sept 28 presidential and National Assembly campaigns will start while that of governorship and State Assembly candidates will start on Oct 12 The commission will continue to adhere to set timelines in carrying out its activities he said Yakubu said that INEC has devoted time and energy to the cleaning up of the voter register using the Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS This process is almost finalised and the commission will engage with stakeholders relating to its findings before displaying the register for claims and objections as required by law Furthermore the commission is working out a protocol for seamless collection of Permanent Voters Cards by valid registrants he said Yakubu assured that INEC would deploy and continue to deploy appropriate technology for conduct of elections The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS and INEC Result Viewing Portal IreV will be deployed for the conduct of the 2023 general election We will continue to use technology to improve and enhance the credibility of elections in Nigeria Our goal is electoral justice where every Nigerian will experience electoral fulfilment he said Yakubu described the workshop as timely as preparations for the 2023 general election have reached advantage stage with only 152 days away He said that it was important for the media especially the INEC Press Corp to have a good knowledge and understanding of the workings and operations of the commission He said that was necessary for an informed and balanced coverage of the commission s activities and the dissemination of information to the general public Mahmood described INEC Press Corp as an indispensable partner in electoral process that provide a veritable platform and pathway for the dissemination of electoral information to the Nigerian public The commission will continue to collaborate with the Press Corp in providing the requisite information that enables them to engage the electoral process and educate citizens to make informed choices Yakubu said He appreciated the European Union which has through the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria EUSDGN Programme implemented by DAI for consistently supporting the work of the commission The Lagos INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC Mr Olusegun Agbaje said that the event presented a unique opportunity for participants to be well equipped with adequate knowledge of the processes of INEC the Electoral Act 2022 and activities towards 2023 general election Agbaje advised the media to play its role in ensuring free and fair elections in 2023 by ensuring that the rule of law prevailed As the clock gradually clicks towards the 2023 General Election the media have a supreme call and duty to mobilise sensitis and enlighten the electorate on all electoral processes by educating them on their responsibilities to perform their civic roles to vote for any candidate of their choice in all elective posts Address the issue of voter apathy and poor voter turnout in elections in Nigeria by rallying the electorate to perform their civic responsibilities Educate voters to vote appropriately to avoid incidence of high records of invalid ballots at election ensure that the game of politics is played in accordance with the enabling laws rules and guidelines he said Abgbaje also called for robust engagement with parties and candidates to assist voters to make informed choices at the election checkmate the current trend of fake news and sensational reportage of events Educate the citizens on the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 as well as the rules and regulations guiding the election Collaborate with INEC and other election stakeholders to checkmate vote buying through sensitization effective monitoring and enforcement of the laws Also give a level playing ground to all by allocating to them equal media time and coverage help to reduce electoral violence to the bearest minimum Agbaje said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC cautions parties against abusive language, ahead of campaigns
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has cautioned political parties against abusive language and acts likely to provoke violence or emotions in their campaigns for 2023 general election The INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu stated at the opening of a two day capacity workshop for members of INEC Press Corps on critical issues in the Electoral Act 2022 in preparations for the 2023 General Election in Lagos on Monday Mahmood represented by Festus Okoye INEC National Commissioner Information and Voter Education Committee urged all registered political parties to critically study and pay attention to the provisions of laws for proper and peaceful conduct of political campaigns rallies and processions The laws according to Mahmood included the Constitution the Electoral Act the Police Act and the Public Order Act A political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious ethnic tribal or sectional feelings Abusive intemperate slanderous or base language or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns Yakubu said Regarding activities toward 2023 general election Yakubu said that eight out of the 14 items on INEC calendar and schedule of activities including the release of the final list of candidates nominated for national election have been implemented He said that on Oct 4 INEC would release the final list of candidates nominated in relation to state elections On Sept 28 presidential and National Assembly campaigns will start while that of governorship and State Assembly candidates will start on Oct 12 The commission will continue to adhere to set timelines in carrying out its activities he said Yakubu said that INEC has devoted time and energy to the cleaning up of the voter register using the Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS This process is almost finalised and the commission will engage with stakeholders relating to its findings before displaying the register for claims and objections as required by law Furthermore the commission is working out a protocol for seamless collection of Permanent Voters Cards by valid registrants he said Yakubu assured that INEC would deploy and continue to deploy appropriate technology for conduct of elections The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS and INEC Result Viewing Portal IreV will be deployed for the conduct of the 2023 general election We will continue to use technology to improve and enhance the credibility of elections in Nigeria Our goal is electoral justice where every Nigerian will experience electoral fulfilment he said Yakubu described the workshop as timely as preparations for the 2023 general election have reached advantage stage with only 152 days away He said that it was important for the media especially the INEC Press Corp to have a good knowledge and understanding of the workings and operations of the commission He said that was necessary for an informed and balanced coverage of the commission s activities and the dissemination of information to the general public Mahmood described INEC Press Corp as an indispensable partner in electoral process that provide a veritable platform and pathway for the dissemination of electoral information to the Nigerian public The commission will continue to collaborate with the Press Corp in providing the requisite information that enables them to engage the electoral process and educate citizens to make informed choices Yakubu said He appreciated the European Union which has through the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria EUSDGN Programme implemented by DAI for consistently supporting the work of the commission The Lagos INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC Mr Olusegun Agbaje said that the event presented a unique opportunity for participants to be well equipped with adequate knowledge of the processes of INEC the Electoral Act 2022 and activities towards 2023 general election Agbaje advised the media to play its role in ensuring free and fair elections in 2023 by ensuring that the rule of law prevailed As the clock gradually clicks towards the 2023 General Election the media have a supreme call and duty to mobilise sensitis and enlighten the electorate on all electoral processes by educating them on their responsibilities to perform their civic roles to vote for any candidate of their choice in all elective posts Address the issue of voter apathy and poor voter turnout in elections in Nigeria by rallying the electorate to perform their civic responsibilities Educate voters to vote appropriately to avoid incidence of high records of invalid ballots at election ensure that the game of politics is played in accordance with the enabling laws rules and guidelines he said Abgbaje also called for robust engagement with parties and candidates to assist voters to make informed choices at the election checkmate the current trend of fake news and sensational reportage of events Educate the citizens on the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 as well as the rules and regulations guiding the election Collaborate with INEC and other election stakeholders to checkmate vote buying through sensitization effective monitoring and enforcement of the laws Also give a level playing ground to all by allocating to them equal media time and coverage help to reduce electoral violence to the bearest minimum Agbaje said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC cautions parties against abusive language, ahead of campaigns
    General news2 weeks ago

    INEC cautions parties against abusive language, ahead of campaigns

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has cautioned political parties against abusive language and acts likely to provoke violence or emotions in their campaigns for 2023 general election.

    The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu stated at the opening of a two-day capacity workshop for members of INEC Press Corps on critical issues in the Electoral Act, 2022 in preparations for the 2023 General Election in Lagos on Monday.

    Mahmood, represented by Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee, urged all registered political parties to critically study and pay attention to the provisions of laws for proper and peaceful conduct of political campaigns, rallies and processions.

    The laws according to Mahmood included the Constitution, the Electoral Act, the Police Act and the Public Order Act. “A political campaign or slogan shall not be tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal or sectional feelings.

    “Abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or innuendoes designed or likely to provoke violent reaction or emotions shall not be employed or used in political campaigns,” Yakubu said.

    Regarding activities toward 2023 general election, Yakubu said that eight out of the 14 items on INEC calendar and schedule of activities including the release of the final list of candidates nominated for national election have been implemented.

    He said that on Oct. 4, INEC would release the final list of candidates nominated in relation to state elections.

    “On Sept. 28 presidential and National Assembly campaigns will start, while that of governorship and State Assembly candidates will start on Oct. 12. “The commission will continue to adhere to set timelines in carrying out its activities,” he said.

    Yakubu said that INEC has devoted time and energy to the cleaning up of the voter register using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS).

    “This process is almost finalised and the commission will engage with stakeholders relating to its findings before displaying the register for claims and objections as required by law.

    “Furthermore, the commission is working out a protocol for seamless collection of Permanent Voters Cards by valid registrants, ” he said.

    Yakubu assured that INEC would deploy and continue to deploy appropriate technology for conduct of elections.

    “The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and INEC Result Viewing Portal (IreV) will be deployed for the conduct of the 2023 general election.

    “We will continue to use technology to improve and enhance the credibility of elections in Nigeria.

    “Our goal is electoral justice where every Nigerian will experience electoral fulfilment,” he said.

    Yakubu described the workshop as timely as preparations for the 2023 general election have reached advantage stage with only 152 days away.

    He said that it was important for the media especially the INEC Press Corp to have a good knowledge and understanding of the workings and operations of the commission.

    He said that was necessary for an informed and balanced coverage of the commission’s activities and the dissemination of information to the general public.

    Mahmood described INEC Press Corp as an indispensable partner in electoral process that provide a veritable platform and pathway for the dissemination of electoral information to the Nigerian public.

    “The commission will continue to collaborate with the Press Corp in providing the requisite information that enables them to engage the electoral process and educate citizens to make informed choices,” Yakubu said.

    He appreciated the European Union which has through the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EUSDGN) Programme implemented by DAI for consistently supporting the work of the commission.

    The Lagos INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC),Mr Olusegun Agbaje, said that the event presented a unique opportunity for participants to be well equipped with adequate knowledge of the processes of INEC, the Electoral Act 2022 and activities towards 2023 general election.

    Agbaje advised the media to play its role in ensuring free and fair elections in 2023 by ensuring that the rule of law prevailed.

    “As the clock gradually clicks towards the 2023 General Election, the media have a supreme call and duty to: mobilise, sensitis and enlighten the electorate on all electoral processes by educating them on their responsibilities to perform their civic roles to vote for any candidate of their choice in all elective posts.

    “Address the issue of voter apathy and poor voter turnout in elections in Nigeria by rallying the electorate to perform their civic responsibilities.

    “Educate voters to vote appropriately to avoid incidence of high records of invalid ballots at election; ensure that the game of politics is played in accordance with the enabling laws, rules and guidelines,” he said.

    Abgbaje also called for robust engagement with parties and candidates to assist voters to make informed choices at the election; checkmate the current trend of fake news and sensational reportage of events.

    “Educate the citizens on the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, as well as the rules and regulations guiding the election.

    “Collaborate with INEC and other election stakeholders to checkmate vote buying through sensitization, effective monitoring and enforcement of the laws.

    “Also give a level playing ground to all by allocating to them equal media time and coverage; help to reduce electoral violence to the bearest minimum,” Agbaje said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says about 21 352 of 34 242 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards PVCs for new registrants are still uncollected in Lagos State four months after release The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this at the State Level CSO Engagement Visit organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund NWTF powered by the EU Support Democratic Governance in Nigeria EU SDGN in collaboration with INEC The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the engagement is Women s Political Participation and Inclusion and 2023 General Elections Speaking Agbaje who decried the huge number of old and new PVCs lying fallow at INEC offices in the 20 local government areas said the staggering amount of the PVCs belonged to women being important stakeholders in elections Permanent Voter Card PVC is the sole instrument required from the Voter to participate in an election it is an important eligibility instrument for voting without which no citizen would be allowed to partake in an election However the total number of uncollected old PVCs in the state is 928 362 as at 5th Sept 5 no doubt the uncollected PVCs for women may be in the neighborhood of 436 451 47 per cent Meanwhile the total number of uncollected New PVCs is 21 352 out of 34 242 received PVCs while the rest of the new PVCs for the 202122 registration exercise is being awaited The implication of this is that the commission is having a staggering number of PVCs that should be collected by the women and other eligible voters to enable them massively participate in the forthcoming 2033 general elections Agbaje said According to him it is imperative that women folk particularly the Nigerian Women Trust Fund under the Gender Election Watch GEW and other stakeholders rise up to the challenge to ensure the PVCs are collected without further delay Agbaje who expressed dissatisfaction over low number of women flag bearers in the forthcoming general elections said women needed support encouragement and needed to be bold to fight like men to take leadership and political positions We have fewer women than men going for elective positions in 2023 It is not too good we have to continue to improve through this kind of engagement so that in future elections we will have more women coming out for elective positions he added The INEC boss urged stakeholders to mobilise women for PVCs collection and encourage them to vote in the 2023 general elections saying that INEC had taken a number of measures aimed at ensuring the smooth conduct of the general elections Agbaje said that the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR captured 12 298 944 out of which a total of 6 224 866 were female while male registrants were 6 074 078 In her welcome remarks Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi the Chief of Executive Officer NWTF said the main objective of the engagement was to build synergy and cooperation between the group INEC and other critical stakeholders like CSOs religious and traditional leaders Fijabi said the engagement was to see how all stakeholders could work together to improve women political participation in the country There is need for more synergy in advocating for more women in leadership and political positions and the commitment to achieving this vision Fijabi said On the overview of the project Malliya Manu the NWTF Programme Manager said the EU was worried about the low participation of women in decision making processes in Nigeria saying the project wanted to ensure increase in women representation Manu said that critical stakeholders like wives of governors CSOs religious and traditional leaders INEC and others should step up games to bring in more women in politics According to her average women participation in politics is 25 per cent globally about 22 per cent in Africa and 4 8 per cent in Nigeria She said that Nigeria could not have a strong and balanced democracy because of marginalisation of women in politics saying the just concluded political parties primaries had shown a decrease in women as flag bearers Manu highlighted barriers against women to include lack of effective government will to implement international conventions money politics and system of god fatherism exclusion of women in parties leadership positions as well as patronage based political system Nigeria should be able to ensure 25 per cent of women representation in Africa By 2027 we want to see more women being elected as candidates of political parties she said Speaking Mrs Victoria Eta Messi the Deputy Director Gender Relations Gender and Inclusivity Department INEC said the commission plans to enlighten stakeholders on the INEC gender policy the objective of the policy and the implementation of the policy which is mandatory for the commission and other stakeholders in the electoral process Eta Messi said that not much was achieved during the party primaries by women as many could not clinch tickets to contest the 2023 elections So already it is not very promising outlook with regard to women candidates What we want to achieve now is to ensure and to see that many women turnout to vote Beyond 2023 we also hope that those lapses that were noticed for the 2023 general elections would have been bridged and all barriers would have been addressed and taken care of so that many more women will participate in the electoral space One of the stakeholders Mrs Hilda Nwanekwu Executive Director Initiatives for Sustaining Gender Empowerment stressed the need for more bonding among women to take over leadership and political positions Also Dr Angela Daniel Executive Director Women Entrepreneur Association of Nigeria as well as STAGE for Women Development Initiative decried that political parties had continued to refuse to admit women urging stakeholders to give opportunity to women NAN reports that the event had in attendance various women leaders advocating inclusion of women and People Living With Disabilities PLWDs in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    21,352 of 34,242 new PVCs still uncollected in Lagos— INEC
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says about 21 352 of 34 242 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards PVCs for new registrants are still uncollected in Lagos State four months after release The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this at the State Level CSO Engagement Visit organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund NWTF powered by the EU Support Democratic Governance in Nigeria EU SDGN in collaboration with INEC The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the engagement is Women s Political Participation and Inclusion and 2023 General Elections Speaking Agbaje who decried the huge number of old and new PVCs lying fallow at INEC offices in the 20 local government areas said the staggering amount of the PVCs belonged to women being important stakeholders in elections Permanent Voter Card PVC is the sole instrument required from the Voter to participate in an election it is an important eligibility instrument for voting without which no citizen would be allowed to partake in an election However the total number of uncollected old PVCs in the state is 928 362 as at 5th Sept 5 no doubt the uncollected PVCs for women may be in the neighborhood of 436 451 47 per cent Meanwhile the total number of uncollected New PVCs is 21 352 out of 34 242 received PVCs while the rest of the new PVCs for the 202122 registration exercise is being awaited The implication of this is that the commission is having a staggering number of PVCs that should be collected by the women and other eligible voters to enable them massively participate in the forthcoming 2033 general elections Agbaje said According to him it is imperative that women folk particularly the Nigerian Women Trust Fund under the Gender Election Watch GEW and other stakeholders rise up to the challenge to ensure the PVCs are collected without further delay Agbaje who expressed dissatisfaction over low number of women flag bearers in the forthcoming general elections said women needed support encouragement and needed to be bold to fight like men to take leadership and political positions We have fewer women than men going for elective positions in 2023 It is not too good we have to continue to improve through this kind of engagement so that in future elections we will have more women coming out for elective positions he added The INEC boss urged stakeholders to mobilise women for PVCs collection and encourage them to vote in the 2023 general elections saying that INEC had taken a number of measures aimed at ensuring the smooth conduct of the general elections Agbaje said that the just concluded Continuous Voter Registration CVR captured 12 298 944 out of which a total of 6 224 866 were female while male registrants were 6 074 078 In her welcome remarks Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi the Chief of Executive Officer NWTF said the main objective of the engagement was to build synergy and cooperation between the group INEC and other critical stakeholders like CSOs religious and traditional leaders Fijabi said the engagement was to see how all stakeholders could work together to improve women political participation in the country There is need for more synergy in advocating for more women in leadership and political positions and the commitment to achieving this vision Fijabi said On the overview of the project Malliya Manu the NWTF Programme Manager said the EU was worried about the low participation of women in decision making processes in Nigeria saying the project wanted to ensure increase in women representation Manu said that critical stakeholders like wives of governors CSOs religious and traditional leaders INEC and others should step up games to bring in more women in politics According to her average women participation in politics is 25 per cent globally about 22 per cent in Africa and 4 8 per cent in Nigeria She said that Nigeria could not have a strong and balanced democracy because of marginalisation of women in politics saying the just concluded political parties primaries had shown a decrease in women as flag bearers Manu highlighted barriers against women to include lack of effective government will to implement international conventions money politics and system of god fatherism exclusion of women in parties leadership positions as well as patronage based political system Nigeria should be able to ensure 25 per cent of women representation in Africa By 2027 we want to see more women being elected as candidates of political parties she said Speaking Mrs Victoria Eta Messi the Deputy Director Gender Relations Gender and Inclusivity Department INEC said the commission plans to enlighten stakeholders on the INEC gender policy the objective of the policy and the implementation of the policy which is mandatory for the commission and other stakeholders in the electoral process Eta Messi said that not much was achieved during the party primaries by women as many could not clinch tickets to contest the 2023 elections So already it is not very promising outlook with regard to women candidates What we want to achieve now is to ensure and to see that many women turnout to vote Beyond 2023 we also hope that those lapses that were noticed for the 2023 general elections would have been bridged and all barriers would have been addressed and taken care of so that many more women will participate in the electoral space One of the stakeholders Mrs Hilda Nwanekwu Executive Director Initiatives for Sustaining Gender Empowerment stressed the need for more bonding among women to take over leadership and political positions Also Dr Angela Daniel Executive Director Women Entrepreneur Association of Nigeria as well as STAGE for Women Development Initiative decried that political parties had continued to refuse to admit women urging stakeholders to give opportunity to women NAN reports that the event had in attendance various women leaders advocating inclusion of women and People Living With Disabilities PLWDs in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    21,352 of 34,242 new PVCs still uncollected in Lagos— INEC
    General news4 weeks ago

    21,352 of 34,242 new PVCs still uncollected in Lagos— INEC

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says about  21, 352 of 34,242 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for new registrants are still uncollected in Lagos State,  four months after release.

    The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, disclosed this at the State Level CSO Engagement Visit organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) powered by the EU-Support Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) in collaboration with INEC.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the engagement is: “Women’s Political Participation and Inclusion and 2023 General Elections.

    Speaking, Agbaje, who decried the huge number of old and new PVCs lying fallow at INEC offices in the 20 local government areas, said the staggering amount of the PVCs belonged to women, being important stakeholders in elections.

    “Permanent Voter Card (PVC) is the sole instrument required from the Voter to participate in an election, it is an important eligibility instrument for voting without which no citizen would be allowed to partake in an election.

    “However, the total number of uncollected old PVCs in the state is 928,362 as at 5th Sept. 5, no doubt, the uncollected PVCs for women may be in the neighborhood of 436,451 (47 per cent).

    “Meanwhile, the total number of uncollected New PVCs is 21,352 out of 34,242 received PVCs, while the rest  of the new PVCs for the 202122 registration exercise is being awaited.

    “The implication of this is that the commission is having a staggering number of PVCs that should be collected by the women and other eligible voters to enable them massively participate in the forthcoming 2033 general elections,” Agbaje said.

    According to him, it is imperative that women folk, particularly the Nigerian Women Trust Fund under the Gender Election Watch (GEW) and other stakeholders rise up to the challenge to ensure the PVCs are collected without further delay.

    Agbaje, who expressed dissatisfaction over low number of women flag-bearers in the forthcoming general elections, said women needed support, encouragement and needed to be bold to fight like men to take leadership and political positions.

    “We have fewer women than men going for elective positions (in 2023).

    It is not too good, we have to continue to improve through this kind of engagement so that in future elections, we will have more women coming out for elective positions,” he added.

    The INEC boss urged stakeholders to mobilise women for PVCs’ collection and encourage them to vote in the  2023 general elections, saying that  INEC had taken a number of measures aimed at ensuring the smooth conduct of the general elections.

    Agbaje said that the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) captured 12,298,944 out of which a total of 6,224,866 were female while male registrants were 6,074,078. In her welcome remarks, Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi, the Chief of Executive Officer, NWTF, said the main objective of the engagement was to build synergy and cooperation between the group, INEC and other critical stakeholders like CSOs, religious and traditional leaders.

    Fijabi said  the engagement was to see how all stakeholders could work together to improve women political participation in the country.

    “There is need for more synergy in advocating for more women in leadership and political positions and the commitment to achieving this vision,” Fijabi said.

    On the overview of  the project, Malliya Manu, the NWTF Programme Manager, said the EU was worried about the low participation of women in decision making processes in Nigeria, saying the project wanted to ensure increase in women representation.

    Manu said that critical stakeholders like wives of governors, CSOs, religious and traditional leaders, INEC and others should step up games to bring in more women in politics.

    According to her, average women participation in politics is  25 per cent globally, about 22 per cent in Africa and 4.8 per cent in Nigeria.

    She said that Nigeria could not have a strong and balanced democracy because of marginalisation of women in politics, saying the just concluded political parties’ primaries had shown a decrease in women as flag-bearers.

    Manu highlighted barriers against women to include lack of effective government will to implement international conventions, money politics and system of god-fatherism, exclusion of women in parties’ leadership positions as well as patronage-based political system.

    “Nigeria should be able to ensure 25 per cent of women representation in Africa.

    By 2027, we want to see more women being elected as candidates of political parties,” she said.

    Speaking, Mrs Victoria Eta-Messi, the Deputy Director, Gender Relations, Gender and Inclusivity Department, INEC, said “the commission plans to enlighten stakeholders on the INEC gender policy, the objective of the policy and the implementation of the policy which is mandatory for the commission and other stakeholders in the electoral process.

    ” Eta-Messi said that not much was achieved during the party primaries by women as many could not clinch tickets to contest the 2023 elections.

    “So, already, it is not very promising outlook with regard to women candidates.

    What we want to achieve now is to ensure and to see that many women turnout to vote.

    “Beyond 2023, we also hope that those lapses that were noticed for the 2023 general elections would have been bridged and all barriers would have been addressed and taken care of so that many more women will participate in the  electoral space.

    ” One of the stakeholders, Mrs Hilda Nwanekwu, Executive Director, Initiatives for Sustaining Gender Empowerment, stressed the need for more bonding among women to take over leadership and political positions.

    Also, Dr Angela Daniel, Executive Director, Women Entrepreneur Association of Nigeria as well as STAGE for Women Development Initiative, decried that political parties had continued to refuse to admit women, urging stakeholders to give opportunity to women.

    NAN reports that the event had in attendance,  various women leaders advocating inclusion of women and People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in Nigeria.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  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
    General news2 months ago

    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 Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC in Lagos State says many Nigerians may not have been captured in the INEC Continuous Voter Registration CVR that ends nationwide on Sunday IPAC also said that many Nigerians that would be of voting age some months to the election would also be defranchised The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Continuous Voter Registration CVR exercise which started on June 28 2021 was initially billed to end on June 30 before it was extended to July 31 NAN also recalls that in Lagos state as at July 18 those who registered online were 640 560 but many of them had not completed their registration while those who completed the registration exercise were 451 156 INEC Resident Electoral Commission REC in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Agbaje said on July 24 that current statistics of July 28 showed that Lagos State had about seven million registered voters The REC disclosed that the number was derived from the new registrants so far in the ongoing CVR added to those in the old register of voters in the state IPAC Chairman in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Mobolaji however said that INEC should reconsider ending the registration Mobilaji who made the appeal when he spoke with NAN on Sunday was reacting to the scheduled July 31 deadline of the CVR He said that for elections to be free fair and credible every eligible citizen must be allowed to participate in choosing the leadership they wanted Everything about credible elections is voter register and voter cards and if that is actually what INEC really stands for as unbiased umpire for the purpose of democracy INEC should be fair in all areas especially in allowing those who have not registered to do so I think INEC should have a way of allowing every eligible voter get their voter cards to choose the leadership they want he said He stressed that irrespective of the time the registration started the commission should not discontinue the exercise Irrespective of the fact that INEC had started the voter enrollment exercise in 2021 if the time is not enough for everyone that want to participate in the election to get registered and obtain a voter card INEC should not stop registration he said He said that continuation of voter enrollment would not affect every other electoral activity and processes put in place by the commission to conduct good elections According to him they continue until it becomes glaring that it will be impossible to print voter cards again we will all know that they have done their best I think voter registration can go simultaneously with every other plan INEC has There should be a way round this such that everyone that is of voting age is given the opportunity to be able to vote We still have months to the election Mobolaji said that INEC could get more gadgets and personnel to register every eligible citizen who presented themselves for the registration INEC may have done its best but I can say that its best is not enough for the present dispensation as well as the requirements and demand of present democracy Nigerians want to be part of the decision making process They want to elect good leaders All eligible citizens want to be part of it he stated According to him the only way to reposition the country is through ballot and every qualified citizen should be allowed to vote in 2023 He said that the crowd at enrollment centres across the country showed that the time for registration was not enough NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Many Nigerians may be defranchised – IPAC
     The Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC in Lagos State says many Nigerians may not have been captured in the INEC Continuous Voter Registration CVR that ends nationwide on Sunday IPAC also said that many Nigerians that would be of voting age some months to the election would also be defranchised The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Continuous Voter Registration CVR exercise which started on June 28 2021 was initially billed to end on June 30 before it was extended to July 31 NAN also recalls that in Lagos state as at July 18 those who registered online were 640 560 but many of them had not completed their registration while those who completed the registration exercise were 451 156 INEC Resident Electoral Commission REC in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Agbaje said on July 24 that current statistics of July 28 showed that Lagos State had about seven million registered voters The REC disclosed that the number was derived from the new registrants so far in the ongoing CVR added to those in the old register of voters in the state IPAC Chairman in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Mobolaji however said that INEC should reconsider ending the registration Mobilaji who made the appeal when he spoke with NAN on Sunday was reacting to the scheduled July 31 deadline of the CVR He said that for elections to be free fair and credible every eligible citizen must be allowed to participate in choosing the leadership they wanted Everything about credible elections is voter register and voter cards and if that is actually what INEC really stands for as unbiased umpire for the purpose of democracy INEC should be fair in all areas especially in allowing those who have not registered to do so I think INEC should have a way of allowing every eligible voter get their voter cards to choose the leadership they want he said He stressed that irrespective of the time the registration started the commission should not discontinue the exercise Irrespective of the fact that INEC had started the voter enrollment exercise in 2021 if the time is not enough for everyone that want to participate in the election to get registered and obtain a voter card INEC should not stop registration he said He said that continuation of voter enrollment would not affect every other electoral activity and processes put in place by the commission to conduct good elections According to him they continue until it becomes glaring that it will be impossible to print voter cards again we will all know that they have done their best I think voter registration can go simultaneously with every other plan INEC has There should be a way round this such that everyone that is of voting age is given the opportunity to be able to vote We still have months to the election Mobolaji said that INEC could get more gadgets and personnel to register every eligible citizen who presented themselves for the registration INEC may have done its best but I can say that its best is not enough for the present dispensation as well as the requirements and demand of present democracy Nigerians want to be part of the decision making process They want to elect good leaders All eligible citizens want to be part of it he stated According to him the only way to reposition the country is through ballot and every qualified citizen should be allowed to vote in 2023 He said that the crowd at enrollment centres across the country showed that the time for registration was not enough NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Many Nigerians may be defranchised – IPAC
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    2023: Many Nigerians may be defranchised – IPAC

    The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Lagos State, says many Nigerians may  not have  been  captured in the INEC Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) that ends nationwide on Sunday.

    IPAC also said that many Nigerians that would be of voting age some months to the election would also be defranchised.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise which started on June 28, 2021, was initially billed to end on June 30,  before it was extended to July 31. NAN also recalls that in Lagos state as at July 18 those who registered online were 640, 560 but many of them had not completed their  registration, while  those who completed the registration exercise were 451, 156. INEC Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Lagos state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje said on July 24,  that  current statistics of July 28,  showed that Lagos State had about seven million registered voters.

    The  REC disclosed that  the number was derived from  the new registrants so far in the ongoing CVR,  added to those in the old register of voters in the state.

    IPAC Chairman in Lagos state, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, however,  said that  INEC should reconsider ending the registration.

    Mobilaji who made the appeal when he spoke with NAN  on Sunday, was reacting to the scheduled July 31 deadline of the CVR.

    He said that for elections to be free, fair and credible, every eligible citizen must be allowed to participate in choosing the leadership they wanted.

    “Everything about credible elections is voter register and voter cards, and if that is actually what INEC really stands for as unbiased umpire, for the purpose of democracy, INEC should be fair in all areas, especially in allowing those who have not registered to do so.

    “I think INEC should have a way of allowing every eligible voter get their voter cards to choose the leadership they want,” he said.

    He stressed that irrespective of the time the registration started, the commission should.

    not discontinue the exercise.

    “Irrespective of the fact that INEC had started the voter enrollment exercise in 2021, if the time is not enough for everyone that want to participate in the  election to get registered and obtain a voter card, INEC should not stop registration,” he said.

    He said that continuation of voter enrollment would  not affect every other electoral activity and processes put in place by the commission to conduct good elections.

    According to him, they continue until it becomes glaring that it will be impossible to print voter cards again, we will all know that they have done their best.

    “I think voter registration can go  simultaneously with every other plan INEC has.

    “There should be a way round this,  such that everyone that is of voting age is given the opportunity to be able to vote.

    We still have months to the election.

    ” Mobolaji said that INEC could get more gadgets and personnel to register every eligible citizen who presented themselves for the  registration.

    “INEC may  have done its best but I can say that its best is not enough for the present dispensation as well as the requirements and demand of present democracy.

    “Nigerians  want to be part of the decision making process.

    They want to elect good leaders.

    All  eligible citizens want to be part of it,” he stated.

    According to him, the only way to reposition the country is through ballot and every qualified citizen should be allowed to vote in 2023. He said that the crowd at enrollment centres across the country showed that the time for registration was not enough.


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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Lagos State on Saturday debunked reports of arrest of its officials over alleged creation of illegal voter enrollment centre INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Agbaje made this clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NAN recalls that some media outfits had reported that three officials of INEC in the state were arrested by Police officers from the police station in Ijeshatedo for allegedly conspiring with St Brigigs Catholic Church Ijeshatedo Lagos to create an illegal Continuous Voter Registration CVR centre in the church Reacting Agbaje described the news report as fake news All my staff and machines are complete No member of INEC staff was arrested anywhere in Lagos on Friday the REC said Recall that INEC on Friday debunked reported invasion of the same CVR centre by thugs and carting away of its enrollment machines There had been a huge surge in most voter enrollment centres in the state ahead of July 31 CVR deadline NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC staff not arrested anywhere in Lagos— REC
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Lagos State on Saturday debunked reports of arrest of its officials over alleged creation of illegal voter enrollment centre INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Agbaje made this clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NAN recalls that some media outfits had reported that three officials of INEC in the state were arrested by Police officers from the police station in Ijeshatedo for allegedly conspiring with St Brigigs Catholic Church Ijeshatedo Lagos to create an illegal Continuous Voter Registration CVR centre in the church Reacting Agbaje described the news report as fake news All my staff and machines are complete No member of INEC staff was arrested anywhere in Lagos on Friday the REC said Recall that INEC on Friday debunked reported invasion of the same CVR centre by thugs and carting away of its enrollment machines There had been a huge surge in most voter enrollment centres in the state ahead of July 31 CVR deadline NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC staff not arrested anywhere in Lagos— REC
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    INEC staff not arrested anywhere in Lagos— REC

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State on Saturday, debunked reports of arrest of its officials  over alleged  creation of  illegal voter enrollment centre.

    INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)  in Lagos state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, made this clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .

    NAN recalls that some media outfits had  reported  that three officials of INEC in the state, were arrested by Police officers from  the police station in Ijeshatedo for allegedly  conspiring with St. Brigigs Catholic Church, Ijeshatedo, Lagos, to create an illegal Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) centre in the church.

    Reacting, Agbaje described the news report as fake news.

    “All my staff and machines are complete.

    No member of INEC staff was arrested anywhere in Lagos on Friday,” the REC said.

    Recall that  INEC on Friday, debunked reported invasion of the same CVR centre by thugs and carting away of its enrollment machines.

    There had been a huge surge in most voter enrollment centres in the state ahead of July 31 CVR deadline.


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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says speedy passage of the National Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal Bill by the National Assembly will checkmate vote buying The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the bill meant to provide the legal framework for investigation and prosecution of electoral offences for the general improvement of the electoral process in Nigeria on June 30 passed second reading in the House of Representatives The Senate had in July 2021 passed a similar bill which had seven parts and 48 sections and sought to take the burden of prosecuting electoral offenders off INEC INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Lagos State Mr Olusegun Agbaje told NAN on Sunday that if passed the bill would ensure speedy trial of electoral offenders He said that if electoral offenders including vote buyers and voter sellers were arrested and quickly prosecuted there would be more sanity in the 2023 general elections Agbaje however said that the battle against vote buying in whatever shapes or forms must be fought to a standstill by all stakeholders in Nigeria There are so many issues to this matter The judicial aspect is there security agencies are there INEC cannot monitor all these offenders There is no way we can be conducting elections and at the same time watching people that are buying the conscience of voters with money food or other things That is why the commission has been asking the national assembly regularly to finish its work on the electoral offences commission and tribunal bill to become law When we have this it will be just like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to monitor and investigate the menace of vote buying and other offences It will be like security agency for INEC Their job will be purposely for this and they will be all out on election day The vote buyers and sellers are giving INEC a bad name however it is not the duty of INEC to monitor this he said Agbaje advised that all stakeholders should engage politicians on vote buying ahead of the 2023 general elections and talk to them as actors sponsoring and encouraging this menace The REC decried the delay in prosecuting electoral offences in Nigeria describing it as frustrating When we see this kind of thing we get frustrated The judiciary also has to do something What is the court waiting for in some of these electoral offences In fact in Kenya and other countries within two hours an electoral case will be judged If people are jailed for electoral offences I am sure by 2023 everybody will be careful but because there is no punishment people just feel they can do anything So it is not just between INEC and political parties judiciary also has a role to play They must assist us to ensure that whatever case is brought is promptly judged to serve as deterrent the INEC boss said According to him if a case that is simple and can be judged within two weeks is left for three years and people do not see any action they feel that if they do it again nothing will happen to them and that their godfathers will also protect them He explained that the security judiciary INEC national assembly political parties NGOs and other critical stakeholders had roles to play in fighting vote buying and vote selling Agbaje said that it remained an offence for any voter to display his or her ballot after casting vote for anyone to see saying If we have that agency we are talking about that is their job to position officers to monitor all these The INEC chief added that even before elections every illegal transfer of money to thousands of voters would be monitored and investigated by the agency According to him INEC will intensify efforts in situating polling booths in such a way that it will not allow voters to display their ballot paper after voting to vote buyers so as to get paid for voting their party He however pointed out that in the 2023 general elections INEC would discuss with members of the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ICCES on ways to fight the menace Agbaje however urged Nigerians and politicians to change their orientation about elections saying in countries like Republic of Ireland elections were not monitored by policemen or party agents at the polling booths on election day He said that with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS the 2023 elections will be better and more credible adding that votes would count in Lagos NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Vote buying: INEC tasks NASS on speedy passage of electoral offences commission bill
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says speedy passage of the National Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal Bill by the National Assembly will checkmate vote buying The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the bill meant to provide the legal framework for investigation and prosecution of electoral offences for the general improvement of the electoral process in Nigeria on June 30 passed second reading in the House of Representatives The Senate had in July 2021 passed a similar bill which had seven parts and 48 sections and sought to take the burden of prosecuting electoral offenders off INEC INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Lagos State Mr Olusegun Agbaje told NAN on Sunday that if passed the bill would ensure speedy trial of electoral offenders He said that if electoral offenders including vote buyers and voter sellers were arrested and quickly prosecuted there would be more sanity in the 2023 general elections Agbaje however said that the battle against vote buying in whatever shapes or forms must be fought to a standstill by all stakeholders in Nigeria There are so many issues to this matter The judicial aspect is there security agencies are there INEC cannot monitor all these offenders There is no way we can be conducting elections and at the same time watching people that are buying the conscience of voters with money food or other things That is why the commission has been asking the national assembly regularly to finish its work on the electoral offences commission and tribunal bill to become law When we have this it will be just like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to monitor and investigate the menace of vote buying and other offences It will be like security agency for INEC Their job will be purposely for this and they will be all out on election day The vote buyers and sellers are giving INEC a bad name however it is not the duty of INEC to monitor this he said Agbaje advised that all stakeholders should engage politicians on vote buying ahead of the 2023 general elections and talk to them as actors sponsoring and encouraging this menace The REC decried the delay in prosecuting electoral offences in Nigeria describing it as frustrating When we see this kind of thing we get frustrated The judiciary also has to do something What is the court waiting for in some of these electoral offences In fact in Kenya and other countries within two hours an electoral case will be judged If people are jailed for electoral offences I am sure by 2023 everybody will be careful but because there is no punishment people just feel they can do anything So it is not just between INEC and political parties judiciary also has a role to play They must assist us to ensure that whatever case is brought is promptly judged to serve as deterrent the INEC boss said According to him if a case that is simple and can be judged within two weeks is left for three years and people do not see any action they feel that if they do it again nothing will happen to them and that their godfathers will also protect them He explained that the security judiciary INEC national assembly political parties NGOs and other critical stakeholders had roles to play in fighting vote buying and vote selling Agbaje said that it remained an offence for any voter to display his or her ballot after casting vote for anyone to see saying If we have that agency we are talking about that is their job to position officers to monitor all these The INEC chief added that even before elections every illegal transfer of money to thousands of voters would be monitored and investigated by the agency According to him INEC will intensify efforts in situating polling booths in such a way that it will not allow voters to display their ballot paper after voting to vote buyers so as to get paid for voting their party He however pointed out that in the 2023 general elections INEC would discuss with members of the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ICCES on ways to fight the menace Agbaje however urged Nigerians and politicians to change their orientation about elections saying in countries like Republic of Ireland elections were not monitored by policemen or party agents at the polling booths on election day He said that with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS the 2023 elections will be better and more credible adding that votes would count in Lagos NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Vote buying: INEC tasks NASS on speedy passage of electoral offences commission bill
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    Vote buying: INEC tasks NASS on speedy passage of electoral offences commission bill

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says speedy passage of the National Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal Bill by the National Assembly  will checkmate vote buying.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the bill, meant to provide the legal framework for  investigation and prosecution of electoral offences for the general improvement of the electoral process in Nigeria, on June 30,  passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

    The Senate had in July 2021,  passed a similar bill, which had seven parts and 48 sections, and sought to take the “burden” of prosecuting electoral offenders off INEC.

    INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)  in Lagos State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, told NAN on Sunday that   if passed, the bill would ensure speedy trial of electoral offenders.

    He said that if electoral offenders,  including vote buyers and voter sellers were arrested and quickly prosecuted, there would be more sanity in the 2023 general elections.

    Agbaje, however, said that the battle against vote buying in whatever shapes or  forms, must be fought to a  standstill by all stakeholders in Nigeria.

    “There are so many issues to this matter.

    The judicial aspect  is there, security agencies are there. 

    INEC cannot monitor all these offenders.

    “There is no way we can be conducting elections and at the same time, watching people that are buying the conscience of voters with money, food or other things.

    “That is why the commission has been asking the national assembly regularly to finish its work on the  electoral offences commission and tribunal bill to become law.

    “When we have this, it will be just like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to monitor and investigate the menace of vote buying and other offences.

    “It will be like security agency for INEC.

    Their job will be purposely for this and they will be all out on election day.

    “The vote buyers and sellers are giving INEC a bad name, however,  it is not the duty of INEC to monitor this,” he said.

    Agbaje advised that all stakeholders should engage politicians on vote buying ahead of the  2023 general  elections, and talk to them as actors sponsoring and encouraging this menace.

    The REC decried the delay in prosecuting    electoral offences  in Nigeria, describing it as frustrating.

    “When we see this kind of thing, we get frustrated.

    The judiciary also has to do something.

    What is the court waiting for in some of these electoral offences?

    “In fact, in Kenya and other countries , within two hours, an electoral case will be judged.

    “If people are jailed for  electoral offences, I am sure by 2023,  everybody will be careful; but because there is no punishment, people just feel they can do anything.

    “So, it is not just between INEC and political parties, judiciary also has a role to play.

    They must assist us to ensure that whatever case is brought is promptly judged to serve as deterrent ,” the INEC boss said.

    According to him, if a case that is simple and can be judged within two weeks is left for three years, and people do not see any action, they feel that if they do it again, nothing will happen to them and that their godfathers will also protect them.

    He explained that the security, judiciary, INEC, national assembly, political parties, NGOs and other critical stakeholders had roles to play in fighting vote buying and vote selling.

    Agbaje said that it remained  an offence for any voter to display his or her ballot after casting vote for anyone to see, saying:  ” If we have that agency we are talking about, that is their job to position officers to monitor all these.” The INEC chief added that even before elections, every illegal transfer of money to thousands of voters would be monitored and investigated by the agency.

    According to him, INEC will intensify efforts in situating polling booths in such a way that it will not allow voters to display their  ballot paper after voting to  vote buyers, so as to get paid for voting their party.

    He, however,  pointed out that in the 2023 general elections, INEC would discuss with members of the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) on ways to fight the menace.

    Agbaje, however, urged Nigerians and politicians to change their orientation about elections, saying in countries like Republic of Ireland, elections were not monitored by policemen or party agents at the polling booths on election day.

    He said that with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), the 2023 elections will be better and more credible, adding that votes would count in Lagos.

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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Lagos State says statistics show that the state currently has about seven million registered voters The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday According to him if the number of new registrants so far in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration CVR is added to those in the register of voters before in the state the number will be about seven million In Lagos state as at Monday July 18 those who registered online are 640 560 but many of them have not completed registration Those who have completed the registration exercise are 451 156 The total number of registered voters in Lagos state before the commencement of the ongoing CVR is 6 570 291 and if we add the new registrants we have about seven million registered voters Agbaje said He however said the ongoing CVR had not ended and the commission was still capturing more people before deadline on July 31 The INEC boss said there would not be any extension of the CVR because the commission had lots of work to do on the voters register before printing of the Permanent Voter s Cards PVCs He assured that though the commission could not capture everybody those who presented themselves for registration would not be denied Everyday there is no one that will come here that will go out without being attended to unless we cannot finish before 7 00 p m because by that time all over the country the system will shut down to avoid misuse of the machines at night Everybody cannot be captured but those who come to us will be registered he said He said the commission had put six extra days to the registration which were Saturdays and Sundays of the last three weeks of the exercise from 9 00 a m to 5 00 p m before the deadline Agbaje added Whoever comes out on these weekends especially those who complained that their work do not allow them will be registered He said the commission had to stop the CVR on July 31 so as to clean up the voter register which he described as vital in the credibility of elections We have to take the data to our workshop analyse what we have then to another workshop for printing of cards transporting them to all the states before we ask people to come and collect So the processes are quite long and the time is not there we have to stop the CVR he added Urging people to avoid double registration Agbaje said that those engaged in double or multiple registration would not get PVCs According to him those who engage in multiple registration affect chances of others saying many who need to seek replacement of lost or defaced PVCs or transfer of their registration to a nearest polling units are registering newly He said INEC would carry out other activities such as the display of voter register for claims and objections robust cleaning of the register to remove all double or multiple registrants printing of cards distribution to states for onward collection by the people According to him all the PVCs for the new registrants from January to July 31 will be ready by October and from October to December INEC will start distribution He said that out of about 34 000 new PVCs printed for people that registered from June to December 2021 in Lagos only about 10 000 had been collected across the 20 local government areas of the state About 10 000 have collected their PVCs out of 34 000 new ones As people are collecting the new ones they are also collecting the old ones he said He urged the people to visit INEC offices in each of the 20 LGAs for collection of their PVCs before it would be too late NewsSourceCredit NAN
    About 7m voters so far registered in Lagos -INEC
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in Lagos State says statistics show that the state currently has about seven million registered voters The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Lagos state Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday According to him if the number of new registrants so far in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration CVR is added to those in the register of voters before in the state the number will be about seven million In Lagos state as at Monday July 18 those who registered online are 640 560 but many of them have not completed registration Those who have completed the registration exercise are 451 156 The total number of registered voters in Lagos state before the commencement of the ongoing CVR is 6 570 291 and if we add the new registrants we have about seven million registered voters Agbaje said He however said the ongoing CVR had not ended and the commission was still capturing more people before deadline on July 31 The INEC boss said there would not be any extension of the CVR because the commission had lots of work to do on the voters register before printing of the Permanent Voter s Cards PVCs He assured that though the commission could not capture everybody those who presented themselves for registration would not be denied Everyday there is no one that will come here that will go out without being attended to unless we cannot finish before 7 00 p m because by that time all over the country the system will shut down to avoid misuse of the machines at night Everybody cannot be captured but those who come to us will be registered he said He said the commission had put six extra days to the registration which were Saturdays and Sundays of the last three weeks of the exercise from 9 00 a m to 5 00 p m before the deadline Agbaje added Whoever comes out on these weekends especially those who complained that their work do not allow them will be registered He said the commission had to stop the CVR on July 31 so as to clean up the voter register which he described as vital in the credibility of elections We have to take the data to our workshop analyse what we have then to another workshop for printing of cards transporting them to all the states before we ask people to come and collect So the processes are quite long and the time is not there we have to stop the CVR he added Urging people to avoid double registration Agbaje said that those engaged in double or multiple registration would not get PVCs According to him those who engage in multiple registration affect chances of others saying many who need to seek replacement of lost or defaced PVCs or transfer of their registration to a nearest polling units are registering newly He said INEC would carry out other activities such as the display of voter register for claims and objections robust cleaning of the register to remove all double or multiple registrants printing of cards distribution to states for onward collection by the people According to him all the PVCs for the new registrants from January to July 31 will be ready by October and from October to December INEC will start distribution He said that out of about 34 000 new PVCs printed for people that registered from June to December 2021 in Lagos only about 10 000 had been collected across the 20 local government areas of the state About 10 000 have collected their PVCs out of 34 000 new ones As people are collecting the new ones they are also collecting the old ones he said He urged the people to visit INEC offices in each of the 20 LGAs for collection of their PVCs before it would be too late NewsSourceCredit NAN
    About 7m voters so far registered in Lagos -INEC
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    About 7m voters so far registered in Lagos -INEC

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State,  says statistics show that the state currently  has about seven million registered voters.

    The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)  in Lagos state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this  in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday.

    According to him, if the number of  new registrants so far in the ongoing  Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) is added to those in the register of voters before in the state, the number will be about seven million.

    “In Lagos state as at Monday (July 18), those who registered online are 640, 560 but many of them have not completed registration.

    Those who have completed the  registration exercise are 451, 156.

    “The total number of  registered voters in Lagos state before the commencement of the ongoing CVR is 6,570,291,  and if we add the new registrants, we have about seven million registered voters,” Agbaje said.

    He, however, said the ongoing CVR had not ended and the commission was still capturing more people before deadline on July 31.

    The INEC boss said there would not be any extension of the CVR because the commission had lots  of work to do  on the voters register before printing of the  Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs).

    He assured that, though the commission could not capture everybody, those who presented themselves for registration would not be denied.

    “Everyday, there is no one that will come here that will go out without being attended to unless we cannot finish before 7.00 p.m., because by that time, all over the country, the system will shut down to avoid misuse of the machines at night.

    “Everybody cannot be captured but those who come to us will be registered,” he said.

    He said  the commission had put six extra days to the registration which were Saturdays and Sundays of the last three weeks of the exercise from 9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m. before the deadline.

    Agbaje added: “Whoever comes out on these weekends, especially those who complained that their work do not allow them, will be registered.” He said  the commission had to stop the CVR on July 31,  so as to clean up the voter register which he described as vital in the credibility of elections.

    “We have to take the data to our workshop, analyse what we have, then to another workshop for printing of cards, transporting them to all the states before we ask people to come and collect.

    “So, the processes are quite long and the time is not there, we have to stop the CVR,” he added.

    Urging people to avoid double registration, Agbaje said that those engaged in double or multiple registration would not get PVCs. According to him, those who engage in multiple registration affect chances of others, saying many who need to seek replacement of lost or defaced PVCs or transfer of their registration to a nearest polling units are registering newly..

    He said  INEC would carry out other activities such as the display of voter register for claims and objections, robust cleaning of the register to remove all double or multiple registrants, printing of cards, distribution to states for onward collection by the people.

    According to him, all the PVCs for the new registrants from January to July 31 will be ready by October, and from  October to  December, INEC will start distribution.

    He said that out of about 34,000 new PVCs printed for people that registered from  June to  December 2021 in Lagos, only about 10,000 had been collected across the 20 local government areas of  the state.

    “About 10,000 have collected their PVCs out of 34,000 new ones.

    As people are collecting the new ones,  they are also collecting the old ones,” he said.

    He urged the people to visit INEC offices in each of the 20 LGAs  for  collection of their PVCs before it would be too late.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A political group Youths In Politics YIP Nigeria on Wednesday staged a peaceful walk to INEC headquarters in Lagos to demand more Voter Enrollment Machines The group which arrived at the INEC office at Sabo Yaba around noon complained that the ongoing Continuos Voter Registration CVR was taking a lot to time from applicants at various local government areas of the state due to long queues Addressing newsmen the of the group Mr Micheal Nwabufo said the exercise was strenuous and time consuming in most areas hence the need for the electoral umpire to ease the process by taking the machines closer to the people We are here to ask for more voter enrollment machines in the state So many youths who want to register are discouraged because the process is time consuming This is why many are not turning up Youths don t have time to waste so INEC must allocate more machines to Lagos state to ease the process at various local government areas Infact INEC should put a machine each in the 245 wards in the state The current number of machines in the state cannot cope with the density in some areas Some areas need additional mobile registration centres The exercise is taking too much time and days We have long queues in some areas like Lagos Island Oshodi Isolo Alimosho Eti Osa and so on Nwabufor said The convener said the group was ready to volunteer in anyway to assist INEC in organising and mobilising youths to register if the commission provided more machines According to him one of the leaders of group recently picked number 1000 while trying to register at Ajao Estate in Oshodi Isolo local government area and on the second day the same applicant picked number 700 Nwabufo said We have gone round and we are not satisfied with the number of machines we saw Sometimes if you go to INEC office in a local government area you will see only two machines and you see over 1000 people seeking to register It doesn t make sense There isn t enough machines We are not pleased INEC should take necessary steps to make sure that people get registered and get PVCs According to him the group has about 1 6 million membership to help INEC in pushing out information and mobilising if machines are available Also speaking Mr Nelson Enwerem one of the National Executive officers of the group advised INEC to adequately publicise the timetable for the rotation of enrollment machines in each of the local government areas to help the people We need the youth to get their PVCs because the next election in 2023 is very important for the growth of this country where we are is not where we ought to be Enwerem said Responding Mr Olusegun Agbaje the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State said the state had the highest number of enrollment machines in the country There is no local government area in the state that we do not have at least seven machines In Alimosho we have 12 in Eti Osa we have 10 and so on depending on the population of the local government We have about 170 machines in the entire Lagos state So we have sufficient machines to capture people that are ready to get captured The machines we have in Lagos is the largest we have in Nigeria We will continue to do what we can do to ensure that we are able to register as many Nigerians as possible before the end of the exercise Agbaje said The INEC boss who noted that the crowd had reduced because of extension explained that the youth group were also surprised to get to INEC headquarters office and see empty seats Before June 30 we used to record about 450 or 480 and at times 500 here but since extension the number has reduced to 120 and at most 170 I am sure people will start rushing again if the commission put deadline at the end of July We are ready to do the work and we want them to come so that we can finish the registration as early as possible The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Agbaje obliged all the youth leaders opportunity to register at the INEC office before they left NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Youths match to INEC office in Lagos, demands more enrollment machines
     A political group Youths In Politics YIP Nigeria on Wednesday staged a peaceful walk to INEC headquarters in Lagos to demand more Voter Enrollment Machines The group which arrived at the INEC office at Sabo Yaba around noon complained that the ongoing Continuos Voter Registration CVR was taking a lot to time from applicants at various local government areas of the state due to long queues Addressing newsmen the of the group Mr Micheal Nwabufo said the exercise was strenuous and time consuming in most areas hence the need for the electoral umpire to ease the process by taking the machines closer to the people We are here to ask for more voter enrollment machines in the state So many youths who want to register are discouraged because the process is time consuming This is why many are not turning up Youths don t have time to waste so INEC must allocate more machines to Lagos state to ease the process at various local government areas Infact INEC should put a machine each in the 245 wards in the state The current number of machines in the state cannot cope with the density in some areas Some areas need additional mobile registration centres The exercise is taking too much time and days We have long queues in some areas like Lagos Island Oshodi Isolo Alimosho Eti Osa and so on Nwabufor said The convener said the group was ready to volunteer in anyway to assist INEC in organising and mobilising youths to register if the commission provided more machines According to him one of the leaders of group recently picked number 1000 while trying to register at Ajao Estate in Oshodi Isolo local government area and on the second day the same applicant picked number 700 Nwabufo said We have gone round and we are not satisfied with the number of machines we saw Sometimes if you go to INEC office in a local government area you will see only two machines and you see over 1000 people seeking to register It doesn t make sense There isn t enough machines We are not pleased INEC should take necessary steps to make sure that people get registered and get PVCs According to him the group has about 1 6 million membership to help INEC in pushing out information and mobilising if machines are available Also speaking Mr Nelson Enwerem one of the National Executive officers of the group advised INEC to adequately publicise the timetable for the rotation of enrollment machines in each of the local government areas to help the people We need the youth to get their PVCs because the next election in 2023 is very important for the growth of this country where we are is not where we ought to be Enwerem said Responding Mr Olusegun Agbaje the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State said the state had the highest number of enrollment machines in the country There is no local government area in the state that we do not have at least seven machines In Alimosho we have 12 in Eti Osa we have 10 and so on depending on the population of the local government We have about 170 machines in the entire Lagos state So we have sufficient machines to capture people that are ready to get captured The machines we have in Lagos is the largest we have in Nigeria We will continue to do what we can do to ensure that we are able to register as many Nigerians as possible before the end of the exercise Agbaje said The INEC boss who noted that the crowd had reduced because of extension explained that the youth group were also surprised to get to INEC headquarters office and see empty seats Before June 30 we used to record about 450 or 480 and at times 500 here but since extension the number has reduced to 120 and at most 170 I am sure people will start rushing again if the commission put deadline at the end of July We are ready to do the work and we want them to come so that we can finish the registration as early as possible The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Agbaje obliged all the youth leaders opportunity to register at the INEC office before they left NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Youths match to INEC office in Lagos, demands more enrollment machines
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    Youths match to INEC office in Lagos, demands more enrollment machines

    A political group, Youths In Politics (YIP), Nigeria on Wednesday staged a peaceful walk to INEC headquarters in Lagos to  demand more Voter Enrollment Machines.

    The  group, which arrived at the INEC office at Sabo-Yaba around noon, complained that the ongoing Continuos Voter Registration (CVR) was taking a lot to time from applicants at various local government areas of the state due to long queues.

    Addressing newsmen, the of the group, Mr Micheal Nwabufo said  the exercise was strenuous and time consuming in most areas, hence the need for the electoral umpire to ease the process by taking the machines closer to the people.

    “We are here to ask for more voter enrollment machines in the state. So many youths who want to register are discouraged because the process is time consuming. This is why many are not turning up.

    “Youths don’t have time to waste, so INEC must allocate more machines to Lagos state  to ease the process at various local government.areas.  Infact, INEC should put a machine each in the 245 wards in the state.

    “The current number of machines in the state cannot cope with the density in some areas. Some areas need additional mobile registration centres.

    “The exercise is taking too much time and days. We have long queues in some areas like Lagos Island, Oshodi Isolo, Alimosho, Eti-Osa and so on,” Nwabufor said.

    The convener said  the group was ready to volunteer in anyway to assist INEC in organising and mobilising youths to register if the commission provided more machines.

    According to him, one of the leaders of group recently picked number 1000 while trying to register at Ajao Estate in Oshodi-Isolo local government area  and on the second day, the same applicant picked number 700.

    Nwabufo said: “We have gone round and we are not satisfied with the number of machines we saw.

    “Sometimes, if you go to INEC office in a local government area, you will see only two machines, and you see over 1000 people seeking to register. It doesn’t make sense.

    “There isn’t enough machines. We are not pleased. INEC should take necessary steps to make sure that people get registered and get PVCs.”

    According to him, the group has about 1.6 million  membership to help INEC in pushing out information and mobilising if machines are available.

    Also speaking, Mr  Nelson Enwerem, one of the National Executive officers  of the group, advised INEC to adequately publicise the timetable for the rotation of enrollment machines in each of the local government areas  to help the people.

    “We need the youth to get their PVCs because the next election in 2023 is very important for the growth of this country, where we are is not where we ought to be,” Enwerem said.

    Responding, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State said the state  had the highest number of enrollment machines in the country.

    “There is no local government area in the state that we do not have at least seven machines. In Alimosho, we have 12, in Eti Osa , we have 10 and so on depending on the population of the local government.

    “We have about 170 machines in the entire Lagos state. So, we have sufficient machines to capture people that are ready to get captured. The machines we have in Lagos is the largest we have in Nigeria.

    “We will continue to do what we can do to ensure that we are able to register as many Nigerians as possible before the end of the exercise,” Agbaje said.

    The INEC boss, who noted that the crowd had reduced because of extension, explained that the youth group were also surprised to get to INEC headquarters office and see empty seats.

    “Before June 30, we used to record about 450 or 480 and at times 500 here but since extension, the number has reduced to 120 and at most 170.

    “I am sure people will start rushing again if the commission put deadline at the end of July.

    “We are ready to do the work and we want them to come so that we can finish the registration as early as possible.”

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Agbaje obliged all the youth leaders opportunity to register at the INEC office before they left.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The total number of online voter registration in Lagos State as at 7 00 a m June 20 stood at 640 786 Of the number 338 955 had been duly completed Mr Olusegun Agbaje INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state made the disclosure on Wednesday while playing host to executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Lagos State Council led by the Chairman Mr Adeleye Ajayi This is posted on the council s interactive platform on Thursday by its Secretary Mr Tunde Olalere According to the commissioner it is not true that some INEC offices in Lagos State requested for LASRRA number as part of requirements for the registration I want to say that there is nothing of such as the only requirement for anyone seeking to register is that he or she must have attained the age of 18 Agbaje said He also said that Lagos State had the highest number of polling units across its 245 wards for the 2023 General Elections He also spoke on INEC s plan for Persons Living with Disabilities PWDs during the elections He said that PWDs could partake in election monitoring but added that there were guidelines to be followed We will also make sure that we create a conducive and friendly working environment for PWDs in all our offices I want to categorically state that there will also be training for ad hoc staff so that persons with disabilities will be able to vote easily Agbaje said The commissioner said that an interactive session between the Nigeria Union of Journalists and INEC would be organised by the commission soon Earlier Ajayi urged INEC to work closely with the mass media toward achieving free and fair elections in 2023 I am glad to inform you that Lagos has the highest number of journalists in Nigeria he said The NUJ chairman also appealed to INEC to ensure security of voters as well as journalists during the general elections We shouldn t only concentrate on securing votes alone Lives of journalists must also be protected because journalists play very crucial roles during elections Accreditation of journalists is equally important civil society organisations must not be left behind We assure INEC of wide publicity before during and after the general elections in Lagos State Ajayi said Mr Adebowale Ademiluyi Chairman of PWDs Committee of Lagos Council of NUJ called for training of INEC staff on how to guide PWDs during elections A lot of disabled people are not treated politely during elections A lot of them have been discouraged because of the stress they encountered during registrations and elections There is need to make the process easier in order to accommodate more people with disability Ademiluyi said NAN reports that INEC in June 2021 announced creation of additional 56 873 polling units across Nigeria with Lagos and Kano States topping the distribution list with 4 861 and 3 148 centres respectively The creation brought to 176 846 the number of polling units in Nigeria with Lagos having a total of 13 325 polling units in 245 wards NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Online voter registration in Lagos hits 640,786
     The total number of online voter registration in Lagos State as at 7 00 a m June 20 stood at 640 786 Of the number 338 955 had been duly completed Mr Olusegun Agbaje INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state made the disclosure on Wednesday while playing host to executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Lagos State Council led by the Chairman Mr Adeleye Ajayi This is posted on the council s interactive platform on Thursday by its Secretary Mr Tunde Olalere According to the commissioner it is not true that some INEC offices in Lagos State requested for LASRRA number as part of requirements for the registration I want to say that there is nothing of such as the only requirement for anyone seeking to register is that he or she must have attained the age of 18 Agbaje said He also said that Lagos State had the highest number of polling units across its 245 wards for the 2023 General Elections He also spoke on INEC s plan for Persons Living with Disabilities PWDs during the elections He said that PWDs could partake in election monitoring but added that there were guidelines to be followed We will also make sure that we create a conducive and friendly working environment for PWDs in all our offices I want to categorically state that there will also be training for ad hoc staff so that persons with disabilities will be able to vote easily Agbaje said The commissioner said that an interactive session between the Nigeria Union of Journalists and INEC would be organised by the commission soon Earlier Ajayi urged INEC to work closely with the mass media toward achieving free and fair elections in 2023 I am glad to inform you that Lagos has the highest number of journalists in Nigeria he said The NUJ chairman also appealed to INEC to ensure security of voters as well as journalists during the general elections We shouldn t only concentrate on securing votes alone Lives of journalists must also be protected because journalists play very crucial roles during elections Accreditation of journalists is equally important civil society organisations must not be left behind We assure INEC of wide publicity before during and after the general elections in Lagos State Ajayi said Mr Adebowale Ademiluyi Chairman of PWDs Committee of Lagos Council of NUJ called for training of INEC staff on how to guide PWDs during elections A lot of disabled people are not treated politely during elections A lot of them have been discouraged because of the stress they encountered during registrations and elections There is need to make the process easier in order to accommodate more people with disability Ademiluyi said NAN reports that INEC in June 2021 announced creation of additional 56 873 polling units across Nigeria with Lagos and Kano States topping the distribution list with 4 861 and 3 148 centres respectively The creation brought to 176 846 the number of polling units in Nigeria with Lagos having a total of 13 325 polling units in 245 wards NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Online voter registration in Lagos hits 640,786
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    Online voter registration in Lagos hits 640,786

    The total number of online voter registration in Lagos State as at 7.00 a.m., June 20, stood at 640,786.

    Of the number,  338,955  had been duly completed.

    Mr Olusegun Agbaje, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, made the disclosure on Wednesday while playing host to executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, led by the Chairman, Mr Adeleye Ajayi.

    This is posted on the council’s interactive platform on Thursday by its Secretary, Mr Tunde Olalere.

    According to the commissioner, it is not true that some INEC offices in Lagos State requested for LASRRA number as part of requirements  for the registration.

    “I want to say that there is nothing of such, as the only requirement for anyone seeking to register is that he or she must have attained the age of 18,” Agbaje said.

    He also said that Lagos State had the highest number of polling units across its 245 wards for the 2023 General Elections.

    He also spoke on INEC’s plan for Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) during  the elections.

    He said that PWDs could  partake in election monitoring but added that there were guidelines to be followed.

    “We will also make sure that we create a conducive and friendly working environment for PWDs in all our offices.

    “I want to categorically state that there will also be training for ad-hoc staff so that persons with disabilities will be able to vote easily,” Agbaje said.

    The commissioner said that an interactive session between the Nigeria Union of Journalists and INEC would be organised by the commission soon.

    Earlier,  Ajayi urged INEC to work closely with the mass media toward achieving free and fair elections in 2023.

    “I am glad to inform you that Lagos has the highest number of journalists in Nigeria,” he said.

    The NUJ chairman also appealed to INEC to ensure  security of voters as well as journalists during the general elections.

    “We shouldn’t only concentrate on securing votes alone.

    “Lives of journalists must also be protected because journalists play very crucial roles during elections.

    “Accreditation of journalists is equally important, civil society organisations must not be left behind.

    “We assure INEC of wide publicity before, during and after the general elections in Lagos State, ” Ajayi said.

    Mr Adebowale Ademiluyi, Chairman of PWDs Committee of Lagos Council of NUJ, called for training of INEC staff on how to guide PWDs during elections.

    “A lot of disabled people are not treated politely during elections.

    “A lot of them have been discouraged because of the stress they encountered during registrations and elections.

    “There is need to make the process easier in order to accommodate more people with disability,” Ademiluyi said. NAN reports that INEC, in June 2021, announced creation of additional 56,873 polling units across Nigeria, with Lagos and Kano States topping the distribution list with 4,861 and 3,148 centres, respectively.The creation brought to 176,846, the number of polling units in Nigeria, with Lagos having a total of 13,325 polling units in 245 wards.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A Catholic priest Rev Fr Gabriel Odunaiya has urged Nigerians especially the youths to ensure they get their Permanent Voter s Card PVC ahead of the forthcoming 2023 General Elections Odunaiya gave the advice on Monday at a colloquium to mark the 2022 Democracy Day Celebration which was organised by the Justice Development and Peace Commission JDPC in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria that the theme of the programme was Prebendal Politics Challenges of National Consensus Election as a Galvanising Force for Social Transformation Odunaiya who spoke on the Role of the Youths in the Emergence of a New Nigeria appealed to every young person that they had a role to play in making the country better He said the country had over the years suffered from different forms of hardship adding that it was time for the youths to stop acting as spectators He enjoined everyone to set aside tribal or religious differences and come together as one to make Nigeria great Earlier Mr Dele Farotimi a lawyer and activist also appealed to the youths and other Nigerians to exercise their voting rights during the forthcoming elections He urged them to vote and ensure their vote counts adding that Nigeria could not be better by just talking but by ensuring everyone gets their PVCs to vote Mr Olusegun Agbaje the Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner REC Independent National Electoral Commission INEC sued for the support of Nigerians in ensuring a peaceful free and fair election He said the commission could not do it alone and appealed to the youths not to allow themselves be used for electoral violence during the polls NAN
     Democracy Day: Cleric urges youths, Nigerians to get their PVCs
     A Catholic priest Rev Fr Gabriel Odunaiya has urged Nigerians especially the youths to ensure they get their Permanent Voter s Card PVC ahead of the forthcoming 2023 General Elections Odunaiya gave the advice on Monday at a colloquium to mark the 2022 Democracy Day Celebration which was organised by the Justice Development and Peace Commission JDPC in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria that the theme of the programme was Prebendal Politics Challenges of National Consensus Election as a Galvanising Force for Social Transformation Odunaiya who spoke on the Role of the Youths in the Emergence of a New Nigeria appealed to every young person that they had a role to play in making the country better He said the country had over the years suffered from different forms of hardship adding that it was time for the youths to stop acting as spectators He enjoined everyone to set aside tribal or religious differences and come together as one to make Nigeria great Earlier Mr Dele Farotimi a lawyer and activist also appealed to the youths and other Nigerians to exercise their voting rights during the forthcoming elections He urged them to vote and ensure their vote counts adding that Nigeria could not be better by just talking but by ensuring everyone gets their PVCs to vote Mr Olusegun Agbaje the Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner REC Independent National Electoral Commission INEC sued for the support of Nigerians in ensuring a peaceful free and fair election He said the commission could not do it alone and appealed to the youths not to allow themselves be used for electoral violence during the polls NAN
     Democracy Day: Cleric urges youths, Nigerians to get their PVCs
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     Democracy Day: Cleric urges youths, Nigerians to get their PVCs

    A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Odunaiya has urged Nigerians, especially the youths to ensure they get their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) ahead of the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.Odunaiya gave the advice on Monday at a colloquium to mark the 2022 Democracy Day Celebration which was organised by the Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) in Lagos.The News Agency of Nigeria that the theme of the programme was:  “Prebendal Politics, Challenges of National Consensus: Election as a Galvanising Force for Social Transformation.”Odunaiya who spoke on the ‘Role of the Youths in the Emergence of a New Nigeria’, appealed to every young person that they had a role to play in making the country better.He said the country had over the years suffered from different forms of hardship, adding that it was time for the youths to stop acting as spectators.He enjoined everyone to set aside tribal or religious differences and come together as one to make Nigeria great.Earlier, Mr Dele Farotimi, a lawyer and activist, also appealed to the youths and other Nigerians to exercise their voting rights during the forthcoming elections.He urged them to vote and ensure their vote counts, adding that Nigeria could not be better by just talking but by ensuring everyone gets their PVCs to vote.Mr Olusegun Agbaje, the Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC),  Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), sued for the support of Nigerians in ensuring a peaceful, free and fair election.He said the commission could not do it alone and appealed to the youths not to allow themselves be used for electoral violence during the polls.

    (NAN)