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.
The increased efficiency of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) at the July 16 Osun governorship poll, is an indication that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is on its way to conduct a credible 2023 general elections.Unlike the Anambra, Ekiti governorship elections and the FCT Area Council poll, the Osun election recorded about 80 per cent success in the use of BVAS for voters’ accreditation and voting.According to report by Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSO), the BVAS machines functioned well.The convener of the group, Ms Ene Obi, told newsmen that the group observed that the BVAS machines functioned well during the election.“The BVAS were deployed according to the number of registered voters.“In polling units with over 1,000 voters, INEC kept to its promise to deploy two BVAS machines.The machines functioned credibly well.“There were issues with the fingerprint verifications, however, the facial capture worked very well recording approximately one minute for accreditation and voting in Osogbo and in outside areas, it took longer,” Obi said.The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) corroborated the claim, urging INEC to sustain the improvements in the 2023 general elections.This is contained in a post election statement issued by Prof.Victor Adetula, Senior Fellow and election analyst at the CDD Electoral Analysis Centre (CDD-EAC) and a lecturer at University of Jos.Adetula said that INEC’s logistics and preparations as well as the conduct of security agents represented a marked improvement on the June 18 Ekiti governorship election.He said that the deployment of the BVAS was successful, adding that CDD-EAC observers noticed that as at 6:00p.m., 84.3 per cent of polling units had transmitted their results via BVAS.“On the basis of data received from CDD-EAC observers, CDD confirms that the collation process leading to the declaration of the governorship election results by INEC was smooth and hitch-free.“At the CDD-EAC, we hope to see the improvements recorded in the recent elections replicated in the conduct of the 2023 general elections.“The INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) was in full operation for the uploading of results in most of the polling units.At about 10:00p.m. 99.7 per cent of the results were available on the IReV.“This level of compliance is commendable and needs to be encouraged for future elections,” he said.“With a few exemptions, BVAS worked perfectly in almost all the polling units across the 30 local government areas of the state.” An activist, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, also commended INEC for its roles in ensuring that the election was credible.Ezekwueme lauded the transparent manner at which the election was conducted by INEC in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Ademola Adeleke defeated incumbent Gov.Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).“The outcome of the election reflected the wishes and aspirations of majority of Osun people, this has tremendously rekindled people’s hope, faith, trust and confidence in our electoral process.“I commend INEC, security agents and all other stakeholders for ensuring peaceful, credible, transparent, free, fair and generally acceptable election in Osun.“Relentless efforts should be made to ensure reflection of such good gesture during 2023 general elections.I condemn high rate of vote-buying, which is the greatest threat to our democracy,” he said.Also an election monitoring group, Yiaga Africa, lauded INEC for a job well-done saying that the official announcement on the votes cast was consistent with the group’s Watching The Votes (WTV) estimated range.The group’s board chairman, Dr Hussain Abdu, said that the process was transparent.“Because the official results fall within the estimated ranges, candidates, parties, and voters should have confidence that the official results for the Osun governorship election reflect the ballots cast at polling units on Saturday, July 16.“It is important to highlight that the counting process at polling units was transparent and included representatives from the four political parties that received the most votes,” he said.Abdu said that the group employed Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology and deployed 500 observers in pairs to a representative random sample of 250 polling units, 32 mobile observers in all 30 local government areas and 30 results collation observers.According to him, the deployment strategy enabled Yiaga Africa to provide timely and accurate information on the election day process, commencing from the set-up, voter accreditation, voting, counting and to independently verify the official results of the election as announced by INEC.Apart from the BVAS, stakeholders also commended INEC on the early arrival of polling officials as well as the conduct of security agents deployed for the election.Commenting, Mr Habila Kayit, the National Coordinator, Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative (GLMDI) an NGO said that the hitch-free conduct of the election was a pointer to the fact that future elections in the country would be better.According to Kayit, the conduct of the Osun election has showed that Nigeria is on a path of restoring its lost glory.“The bane of the challenges bedeviling the nation is partly on leadership failure and lack of independence of our institutions that are to tame the excesses of politicians and those in authority,” he said.He lauded INEC for its excellent coordination and near absence of logistics challenges in the conduct of the election.The Lagos IPAC Chairman, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, said that the election was a big plus for INEC.“The election is a clear indication and confirmation that our votes count and there is no power or government that cannot be unseated.“I urge Nigerians to see election and democracy as part of determinant of our destiny and do the needful to be part of electing good leaders that will fix this nation and make us rise again.“We must work hard to fix this nation through credible elections and good leadership,” Mobolaji said.The Cleen Foundation Election Security Support Centre (ESSC), an NGO also lauded the conduct of security personnel at the election.Mrs. Ruth Olofin, Acting Executive Director of the foundation made the commendation at a news conference in Abuja, after the election.Olofin, represented by Mrs. Chigozirim Okoro, the Programme Manager, said that the conduct of security personnel deployed on election duty was commendable.“Cleen Foundation in line with its mandate to promote public safety and security deployed 60 citizen observers across the 30 local government areas of the state.“The ESSC observed, tracked, documented, escalated, and followed up on security-related development across the 30 LGAs where its observers were deployed.“The ESSC observed that 85.1 percent of security personnel arrived early at the polling units across the 30 LGAs,” she said.Commenting on the election, the INEC Chairman, Prof.Mahmood Yakubu described it as one of the best-organized elections in Nigeria.Yakubu, who spoke when he received delegations of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and that of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Abuja, promised that the commission would deliver the best ever general elections in Nigeria in 2023.He assured that INEC would improve on its successes in the Osun election in subsequent polls.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Lagos State, says the outcome of Saturday’s Osun governorship election is a confirmation that votes still count in Nigeria’s electoral system.
The IPAC Chairman in the state, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji made this remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos, while reacting to INEC’s conduct and outcome of the governorship election won by an opposition party.
“The election is a clear indication and confirmation that our votes count and there is no power or government that cannot be unseated.
“I urge Nigerians to see election and democracy as part of determinant of our destiny and do the needful to be part of electing good leaders that will fix this nation and make us rise again,” Mobolaji said.
On the challenges of vote buying in elections, the IPAC chairman said: “we can overcome the nemesis of vote buying and apathy if we are actually ready to do it.” According to him, IPAC will not relent in its efforts to sensitise and educate people that democracy and election is the affair of everyone.
“We must work hard to fix this nation through credible elections and good leadership,” Mobolaji said.
NAN reports that the PDP candidate, Sen.
Ademola Adeleke, defeated the incumbent Gov.
Gboyega Oyetola to emerge winner of the election.
INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof.
Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said that Adeleke polled 403,371 votes to defeat his closet rival, Oyetola, the candidate of the APC, who scored 375,027 votes.
The PDP won in 17 local government areas, while APC won in 13.
The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Lagos State has advised Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to put security agents on red alert as Muslim faithful celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival.
The IPAC Chairman in the state, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, who gave the advice on Saturday while felicitating Muslims, said that the state should not lose guard during the celebration.
“We felicitate all our Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of Ileya Festival. We pray for a safe and fun-filled celebration.
“We also use this opportunity to advise everyone to be security conscious and concerned as we go about our festive activities.
“We also call on the state government to put all necessary measures in place to avoid stories that touch during this period,” Mobolaji said.
He urged celebrants to carefully avoid domestic incidents and major accidents.
“We all know and understand the situation of the country presently both security and economic wise.
“So please, tread carefully and don’t do more than yourself,” the IPAC boss urged.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday public holidays for the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir.
The Inter- Party Advisory Council (IPAC), South-west Zone, says it has constituted an executive team, headed by Mr Dare Ojo, the Oyo State Council Chairman.
The IPAC zonal Secretary, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos, said the executive committee officials were nominated and set up at the zonal inaugural meeting on April 30 in Ibadan.
Mobolaji said that the council had called for a more inclusive governance across states in the zone, to enhance a better society.
“Government, both at federal and state levels, should be all-inclusive to have a balanced and productive democracy.
“The government and governance at all strata, belong to all of us, irrespective of who wins or loses the election.
“After all, the result must be accepted and signed by other political parties, before an election can be considered to be conclusive, free and fair.
“IPAC is all set to ensure that we have a working democracy and a working and progressive nation,” Mobolaji, who is the Lagos IPAC Chairman, stated .
He noted that the meeting had in attendance, chairmen from Osun (Mr Adewale Adebayo), Ogun (Mr Samson Okusanya) and Ondo (Prince Olaoluwa Adesanya).
Mobolaji said that Adebayo emerged the Zonal Organising Secretary; Okusanya, the Zonal Publicity Secretary; Adesanya, the Zonal Treasurer while Mr Ifedayo Iyaniwura was nominated as the zonal Financial Secretary.
He added that IPAC, as an advisory body and a major political stakeholder, was set to play a role in deepening democracy.
The IPAC zonal secretary added that the council would not relent in creating a paradigm shift in the political system, for a more credible, free and fair elections at all levels of government in the nation.
He said IPAC’s aim and objectives were to work with INEC at national and state levels, to ensure that there was fairness and equity in dealing with all political parties and election activities.
“We are to work at the grassroot level to educate and sensitise electorate on election matters and activities, to reduce or possibly eradicate voters apathy.
“We are also to serve as advisory body to ruling party in all states, making constructive criticism and calling them to order where necessary,” Mobolaji said.
The Inter- Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Lagos State, has urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to tighten security around the state on the occasion of the 2022 Eid-el-fitr celebration
Wishing all Islamic faithful a happy celebration, IPAC in a statement on Monday by its Chairman, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, said the state government should not loose guard on security.
“We call on the state government to ensure there is maximum security for life and property.
“All security agents and forces should be well mobilised and coordinated to maintain safety and peace all round the state,” Mobolaji said.
As political parties prepared for primary elections, the IPAC boss said that all stakeholders must understand that “politics and elections are not supposed to be a do or die affair, but like a game played in the spirit of sportsmanship.”
He said that political parties should field qualified and responsible candidates with integrity for political positions.
According to him, this goes a long way to affect the well-being of the people and state at large.
Mobolaji said that parties should consider the economic situation of the country and ensure that all financial commitments and responsibilities were “moderately and affordably fixed for all .”
He congratulated Muslims on the completion of Ramadan fast which ultimately heralded the Eid-el-fitr and wished them a safe celebration.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos state said Thursday that no fewer than 1,096,355 permanent voter cards (PVCs) printed before the 2019 general election have yet to be collected in the state.
INEC's new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, revealed this at his first stakeholder meeting with party leaders, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders on Thursday in Lagos.
“Let me also inform you that some Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) of those who registered before the 2019 General Election are still available at the 20 LGAs for collection that are supposed to have been.
“It is important to point out that before the 2019 General Elections, a total of 5,626,537 PVCs were collected from the 6,728,394 PVCs received in the state, leaving a balance of 1,101,557.
“Of the rest, 5,202 had been collected so far since the beginning of the CVR exercise last year.
“A total of 1,096,355 PVCs have yet to be collected as we speak.
“I want to take this opportunity to urge all those who have not yet collected their PVCs to go to the INEC offices in the LGAs where they registered to do so.
“All issued PVCs are valid for voting in all elections held in the 2023 general election,” Agbaje said.
The REC said that the level of participation by eligible state residents since the start of the CVR, both online and in the physical capture exercise, was very low compared to other states in the country with smaller populations.
According to him, those who have registered online without completing the physical capture exercise will not be eligible for PVCs and will not be able to vote in 2023.
He said that the third quarter of the CVR has been completed and the printing of the record generated during the third quarter is advanced, which would be on display between March 26 and April 1, for claims and objections.
Agbaje said the fourth quarter CVR would take place between April 11 and June 30.
“So far, a total of 112,127 eligible citizens have completed their registration as of March 21 in Lagos state since the start of the CVR in 2021,” INEC REC said.
He said that before the expansion of voter access to voting units across the Federation in 2021, Lagos state had 8,464 voting units, but voting units increased to 13,325 after the exercise.
The commissioner urged party leaders and the state media to help INEC educate voters to register or transfer their registration to the new voting units in the ongoing CVR so as not to defeat the purpose of create them.
Agbaje urged political parties to always strictly adhere to their respective parties' constitutions, the Electoral Law and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in all their affairs, particularly ensuring internal party democracy during the upcoming primaries.
The REC noted that the main challenges facing the commission were “the win-at-all-cost attitudes of some politicians and voter apathy.
In his remarks, Mr. Olusegun Mobolaji, Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Lagos State, said the council was ready to work with INEC on all its activities ahead of the 2023 general election.
Furthermore, Prince Ifagbemi Awamaridi, Chairman of the Lagos State Labor Party (LP), said that all stakeholders demanded integrity and transparency from INEC, saying that people would not complain if the elections were free and fair.
Mr. Richard Benson, Lagos State Vice President of the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP) and IPAC Publicity Secretary, called on INEC to do more in awareness campaigns and opportunities for people living with disabilities.
The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Lagos State has urged Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to install Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in strategic places to improve security in the state.The IPAC Chairman, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Thursday.Mobolaji spoke against the backdrop of the murder of Miss Oluwabamise Ayanwola, a 22-year-old lady, who got missing after boarding a Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicle and was reportedly found dead with some body parts missing.Mobolaji, who frowned at the murder of the innocent young girl, said it had become imperative for the government to invest more in surveillance and security cameras in strategic locations.According to him, since the primary responsibility of the government is security and welfare of citizens, no amount should be too much to spend on issues bothering security.“Our heartfelt condolence goes to the family of Oluwabamise Toyosi Ayanwola, who was gruesomely murdered some days ago after boarding a BRT bus from Chevron area.“We also want to advise that the state government should improve on security by adopting a more advanced digital security system.“The state government must prioritise installation of more CCTV/Surveillance system in more strategic places all over the state.“The government must invest more on qualified security personnel to reduce crime and make investigation much more easier and faster,” Mobolaji said.The IPAC boss prayed God to give Bamise’s family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.“We believe and look forward to the state government to bring all culpable persons in the murder to book and well deserved justice,” he added.He urged the government to intensify more efforts in protecting citizens from being “vulnerable to the satanic vultures of this world.” (NAN)