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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.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   INEC to publish particulars of party nominees for 2023 state elections Friday lt Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it will publish the personal particulars of candidates nominated by their political parties for 2023 Governorship and State Assembly elections in all the constituencies nationwide on Friday The INEC Chairman of the Commission Prof Mahmood Yakubu stated this at the swearing in of a new Resident Electoral Commission REC Dr Hale Longpet on Thursday at the commission s headquarters in Abuja Yakubu urged Nigerians to scrutinise the particulars and seek judicial remedy for any observed violation of the law As we continue to prepare for the 2023 General Election in earnest the Commission will tomorrow Friday July 22 publish the personal particulars of candidates nominated by their political parties for Governorship and State Assembly elections in all the constituencies nationwide as required by law I appeal to all Nigerians citizens and aspirants to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the particulars of the candidates and to seek judicial remedy for any observed violation of the law as provided in Section 29 of the Electoral Act 2022 he said The INEC chairman decried the high number of pre election litigation cases in the country saying that so far INEC had been joined as respondents in 334 cases on 2023 pre election matters across the country Already the Commission has been inundated by numerous pre election cases arising from the conduct of congresses and primaries by political parties for the 2023 General Election So far 334 pre election cases have been filed in various divisions of the Federal High Court across the country by aspirants challenging the nomination of candidates or their exclusion from the list submitted to the Commission Although these are purely intra party issues the Commission has been joined in all these cases With the publication tomorrow of the personal particulars of candidates for governorship deputy governorship and state assembly elections we expect the number of cases to rise even higher Yakubu said He said that sadly the issue of internal democracy in political parties remained a sore point in Nigeria s electoral process He pledged that INEC would continue to engage with political parties while standing firm against any transgression by strictly enforcing the provisions of the law and extant regulations and guidelines NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC to publish particulars of party nominees for 2023 state elections Friday
      INEC to publish particulars of party nominees for 2023 state elections Friday lt Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it will publish the personal particulars of candidates nominated by their political parties for 2023 Governorship and State Assembly elections in all the constituencies nationwide on Friday The INEC Chairman of the Commission Prof Mahmood Yakubu stated this at the swearing in of a new Resident Electoral Commission REC Dr Hale Longpet on Thursday at the commission s headquarters in Abuja Yakubu urged Nigerians to scrutinise the particulars and seek judicial remedy for any observed violation of the law As we continue to prepare for the 2023 General Election in earnest the Commission will tomorrow Friday July 22 publish the personal particulars of candidates nominated by their political parties for Governorship and State Assembly elections in all the constituencies nationwide as required by law I appeal to all Nigerians citizens and aspirants to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the particulars of the candidates and to seek judicial remedy for any observed violation of the law as provided in Section 29 of the Electoral Act 2022 he said The INEC chairman decried the high number of pre election litigation cases in the country saying that so far INEC had been joined as respondents in 334 cases on 2023 pre election matters across the country Already the Commission has been inundated by numerous pre election cases arising from the conduct of congresses and primaries by political parties for the 2023 General Election So far 334 pre election cases have been filed in various divisions of the Federal High Court across the country by aspirants challenging the nomination of candidates or their exclusion from the list submitted to the Commission Although these are purely intra party issues the Commission has been joined in all these cases With the publication tomorrow of the personal particulars of candidates for governorship deputy governorship and state assembly elections we expect the number of cases to rise even higher Yakubu said He said that sadly the issue of internal democracy in political parties remained a sore point in Nigeria s electoral process He pledged that INEC would continue to engage with political parties while standing firm against any transgression by strictly enforcing the provisions of the law and extant regulations and guidelines NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC to publish particulars of party nominees for 2023 state elections Friday
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    INEC to publish particulars of party nominees for 2023 state elections Friday

    INEC to publish particulars of party nominees for 2023 state elections Friday < Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will publish the personal particulars of candidates nominated by their political parties for 2023 Governorship and State Assembly elections in all the constituencies nationwide on Friday.

    The INEC Chairman of the Commission, Prof.

    Mahmood Yakubu, stated this at the swearing-in of a new Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Dr Hale Longpet, on Thursday at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

    Yakubu urged Nigerians to scrutinise the particulars and seek judicial remedy for any observed violation of the law.

    “As we continue to prepare for the 2023 General Election in earnest, the Commission will tomorrow, Friday July 22, publish the personal particulars of candidates nominated by their political parties for Governorship and State Assembly elections in all the constituencies nationwide as required by law.

    “I appeal to all Nigerians (citizens and aspirants) to seize the opportunity to scrutinise the particulars of the candidates and to seek judicial remedy for any observed violation of the law as provided in Section 29 of the Electoral Act 2022,” he said.

    The INEC chairman decried the high number of pre-election litigation cases in the country, saying that so far INEC had been joined as respondents in 334 cases on 2023 pre-election matters across the country.

    “Already, the Commission has been inundated by numerous pre-election cases arising from the conduct of congresses and primaries by political parties for the 2023 General Election.

    “So far, 334 pre-election cases have been filed in various divisions of the Federal High Court across the country by aspirants challenging the nomination of candidates or their exclusion from the list submitted to the Commission.

    “Although these are purely intra-party issues, the Commission has been joined in all these cases.

    “With the publication tomorrow of the personal particulars of candidates for governorship, deputy governorship and state assembly elections, we expect the number of cases to rise even higher,” Yakubu said.

    He said that sadly the issue of internal democracy in political parties remained a sore point in Nigeria’s electoral process.

    He pledged that INEC would continue to engage with political parties while standing firm against any transgression by strictly enforcing the provisions of the law and extant regulations and guidelines.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Resident Electoral Commission REC in Cross River Dr Emmanuel Hart says the commission is ready to conduct free fair and transparent process during the Oct 31 Senatorial and State Assembly by elections in the state He said this in Monday in Calabar at a meeting with the media and the Inter Agency Consultative Committee for Election Security ICCES as part of readiness for the forthcoming elections The by elections are in Cross River North Senatorial district to replace the late Sen Rose Oko and in Obudu state constituency which had the late Assemblyman Godwin Akwaji as its legislator We have 459 487 registered voters 51 registeration areas and 565 polling units Hart said According to him the commission has taken delivery of non sensitive materials and distributed them to the local government areas We are waiting for the sensitive materials which are expected in the week of the election he said He also said that 15 political parties would participate in the elections nine for the senatorial election and six for the house of assembly election The commissioner said that accreditation and voting would be done simultanuously during the elections adding that results would be transmitted electronically at ward levels He said that the commission had embarked on awareness and sensitisation of the electorate in the zone to come out en masse to vote candidates of their choice He advised the voters to conduct themselves peacefully during the elections saying that the commission would not condone any violent act or actions that could breach the orderly and smooth conduct of the elections On his part the Commissioner of Police in Cross River State Mr Abdulkadir Jimoh said his command was ready to ensure peace and security before during and after the elections Major political parties taking part in the elections include the Peoples Democratic Party PDP All Progressives Congress APC and African Democratic Congress ADC Edited By Shittu Obassa Donald Ugwu Source NAN
    INEC affirms readiness for transparency in 2 by-elections in Cross River
     The Resident Electoral Commission REC in Cross River Dr Emmanuel Hart says the commission is ready to conduct free fair and transparent process during the Oct 31 Senatorial and State Assembly by elections in the state He said this in Monday in Calabar at a meeting with the media and the Inter Agency Consultative Committee for Election Security ICCES as part of readiness for the forthcoming elections The by elections are in Cross River North Senatorial district to replace the late Sen Rose Oko and in Obudu state constituency which had the late Assemblyman Godwin Akwaji as its legislator We have 459 487 registered voters 51 registeration areas and 565 polling units Hart said According to him the commission has taken delivery of non sensitive materials and distributed them to the local government areas We are waiting for the sensitive materials which are expected in the week of the election he said He also said that 15 political parties would participate in the elections nine for the senatorial election and six for the house of assembly election The commissioner said that accreditation and voting would be done simultanuously during the elections adding that results would be transmitted electronically at ward levels He said that the commission had embarked on awareness and sensitisation of the electorate in the zone to come out en masse to vote candidates of their choice He advised the voters to conduct themselves peacefully during the elections saying that the commission would not condone any violent act or actions that could breach the orderly and smooth conduct of the elections On his part the Commissioner of Police in Cross River State Mr Abdulkadir Jimoh said his command was ready to ensure peace and security before during and after the elections Major political parties taking part in the elections include the Peoples Democratic Party PDP All Progressives Congress APC and African Democratic Congress ADC Edited By Shittu Obassa Donald Ugwu Source NAN
    INEC affirms readiness for transparency in 2 by-elections in Cross River
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    INEC affirms readiness for transparency in 2 by-elections in Cross River

    The Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Cross River, Dr Emmanuel Hart, says the commission is ready to conduct free, fair and transparent process  during the Oct. 31, Senatorial and State Assembly by-elections in the state.

    He said this in Monday in Calabar at a meeting with the media and the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee for Election Security (ICCES) as part of readiness  for the forthcoming elections.

    The by-elections are in Cross River North Senatorial district to replace the late Sen. Rose Oko and in Obudu state constituency which had the late Assemblyman Godwin Akwaji as its legislator.

    “We have 459,487 registered voters; 51 registeration areas; and 565 polling units,” Hart said.

    According to him, the commission has  taken delivery of non-sensitive materials and distributed them to the local government areas.

    “We are waiting for the sensitive materials which are expected in the week of the election,” he said.

    He also said that 15 political parties would participate in the elections: nine for the senatorial election and six for the house of assembly election.

    The commissioner said that accreditation and voting would be done  simultanuously during the elections, adding that results would be transmitted electronically at ward levels.

    He said that the commission had embarked on awareness and sensitisation of the electorate in the zone to come out en masse to vote candidates of their choice.

    He advised the voters to conduct themselves peacefully during the elections, saying that the commission would not condone any violent act or actions that could breach the orderly and smooth conduct of  the elections.

    On his part, the Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Mr Abdulkadir Jimoh, said  his command was ready to ensure peace and security before, during and after the elections.

    Major political parties taking part in the elections include the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and African Democratic Congress (ADC).


    Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Donald Ugwu
    Source: NAN

  •  The Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Prof Mahmood Yakubu has warned the Electoral Officers EOs in Ondo state to ensure that their integrity are not compromised in the forthcoming governorship election Yakubu at the commission meeting with local government EOs in the state on Friday in Akure also reiterated the commission s confident in the capacity of the EOs to deliver free and fair election in Ondo state We had a good election in Edo state Our determination is that Ondo should be better Are you committed to ensuring that Ondo is going to be better This meeting is supposed to review a number of issues we rarely need to discuss a number of issues For us to deliver a successful election that is better than the previous elections that we have conducted and that is our determination there are a number of issues that we need to take into consideration If you don t prepare hard then you are preparing to fail we must prepare very hard Top on the list is personal integrity This is very important Elections are ultimately conducted by human beings and what we bring is our integrity to the process Never ever ever think of compromising for whatever reason We must work contentiously and we must determine to allow the people of Ondo state to determine who becomes their governor irrespective of what That is our responsibility under the Constitution That is what we should all be committed Personal integrity is very important he said Yakubu who urged the EOs to work as a team said that from previous experience some EOs thought they could do everything alone According to him such attitude will result to lapses on election day and a situation where there will be nobody to hold responsible The chairman also warned the EOs not to short change or replace ad hoc staff that would be used for the Oct 10 election He said The training allowance all the money that we are supposed to give them for feeding right at RAC level and ultimately the payment for their jobs must be paid Recall that this time around each one of them is going to get a letter of appointment That letter of appointment contains the responsibilities of the ad hoc staff the remunerations the mode of payment as well as the procedure for lodging complaints That is why the letter is in duplicate the headquarters will retain a copy of the letter at state headquarters because the admin secretary is going to sign the letters Then there is a form which is on a third page which prescribes or provides for procedure for lodging complaints And at the bottom of that page given each ad hoc staff is a dedicated WhatsApp number If any one of them has not been paid they will file their complaints not only to the Resident Electoral Commission REC but direct to the headquarters So I will see who has not paid who Fortunately since we started this we have considerably reduced or almost eliminated the incidence of ad hoc staff not being paid Don t change ad hoc staff at will as EOs at local government If you do so you will not have letter of appointment and then we will see how that ad hoc staff is paid If that ad hoc staff s paid matters will arise So don t allow matters to arise Yakubu said the interactive session was to discuss eight issues including non sensitive materials management of polling units recruitment of ad hoc staff and their training and well as logistics This afternoon we will visit Akure South local government which in terms of the number of registered voters and Permanent Voter Cards PVCs collected is actually the largest in Ondo state We are going there to see the level of preparations practically in addition to all the reports we have received from the headquarters or from the state headquarters he said Yakubu said it was also important to get the issues of ad hoc staff recruitment training and posting right to avoid running around on the eve of election day He also stressed the need for activation of Registration Area Centres RACs before the deployment of ad hoc staff and materials as well as proper management of polling units especially in the contest of COVI 19 You must get the reverse logistics right We are deploying quite a number of equipment In addition to the smart card readers were deploying the Z pads We have to recover them We are deploying pilot boxes the voting cubicles because we must recover them We are also deploying the handheld thermometers to be used at polling unit level ward collation and local government collation areas at state level We must recover those items because we re going through the same items in subsequent elections Last night a truck arrived from Benin with the z pads as well as the handheld thermometers So if Benin has been able to recover we believe that Ondo should be able to recover 100 per cent so that we don t have to keep spending money on items that we can use from one election after another he said Edited By Dianabasi Effiong Felix Ajide Source NAN
    Ondo poll: INEC boss warns Electoral Officers against compromise
     The Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Prof Mahmood Yakubu has warned the Electoral Officers EOs in Ondo state to ensure that their integrity are not compromised in the forthcoming governorship election Yakubu at the commission meeting with local government EOs in the state on Friday in Akure also reiterated the commission s confident in the capacity of the EOs to deliver free and fair election in Ondo state We had a good election in Edo state Our determination is that Ondo should be better Are you committed to ensuring that Ondo is going to be better This meeting is supposed to review a number of issues we rarely need to discuss a number of issues For us to deliver a successful election that is better than the previous elections that we have conducted and that is our determination there are a number of issues that we need to take into consideration If you don t prepare hard then you are preparing to fail we must prepare very hard Top on the list is personal integrity This is very important Elections are ultimately conducted by human beings and what we bring is our integrity to the process Never ever ever think of compromising for whatever reason We must work contentiously and we must determine to allow the people of Ondo state to determine who becomes their governor irrespective of what That is our responsibility under the Constitution That is what we should all be committed Personal integrity is very important he said Yakubu who urged the EOs to work as a team said that from previous experience some EOs thought they could do everything alone According to him such attitude will result to lapses on election day and a situation where there will be nobody to hold responsible The chairman also warned the EOs not to short change or replace ad hoc staff that would be used for the Oct 10 election He said The training allowance all the money that we are supposed to give them for feeding right at RAC level and ultimately the payment for their jobs must be paid Recall that this time around each one of them is going to get a letter of appointment That letter of appointment contains the responsibilities of the ad hoc staff the remunerations the mode of payment as well as the procedure for lodging complaints That is why the letter is in duplicate the headquarters will retain a copy of the letter at state headquarters because the admin secretary is going to sign the letters Then there is a form which is on a third page which prescribes or provides for procedure for lodging complaints And at the bottom of that page given each ad hoc staff is a dedicated WhatsApp number If any one of them has not been paid they will file their complaints not only to the Resident Electoral Commission REC but direct to the headquarters So I will see who has not paid who Fortunately since we started this we have considerably reduced or almost eliminated the incidence of ad hoc staff not being paid Don t change ad hoc staff at will as EOs at local government If you do so you will not have letter of appointment and then we will see how that ad hoc staff is paid If that ad hoc staff s paid matters will arise So don t allow matters to arise Yakubu said the interactive session was to discuss eight issues including non sensitive materials management of polling units recruitment of ad hoc staff and their training and well as logistics This afternoon we will visit Akure South local government which in terms of the number of registered voters and Permanent Voter Cards PVCs collected is actually the largest in Ondo state We are going there to see the level of preparations practically in addition to all the reports we have received from the headquarters or from the state headquarters he said Yakubu said it was also important to get the issues of ad hoc staff recruitment training and posting right to avoid running around on the eve of election day He also stressed the need for activation of Registration Area Centres RACs before the deployment of ad hoc staff and materials as well as proper management of polling units especially in the contest of COVI 19 You must get the reverse logistics right We are deploying quite a number of equipment In addition to the smart card readers were deploying the Z pads We have to recover them We are deploying pilot boxes the voting cubicles because we must recover them We are also deploying the handheld thermometers to be used at polling unit level ward collation and local government collation areas at state level We must recover those items because we re going through the same items in subsequent elections Last night a truck arrived from Benin with the z pads as well as the handheld thermometers So if Benin has been able to recover we believe that Ondo should be able to recover 100 per cent so that we don t have to keep spending money on items that we can use from one election after another he said Edited By Dianabasi Effiong Felix Ajide Source NAN
    Ondo poll: INEC boss warns Electoral Officers against compromise
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    Ondo poll: INEC boss warns Electoral Officers against compromise

    The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has warned the Electoral Officers (EOs) in Ondo state to ensure that their integrity are not compromised in the forthcoming governorship election.

    Yakubu, at the commission meeting with local government EOs in the state on Friday in Akure, also reiterated the commission’s confident in the capacity of the EOs to deliver free and fair election in Ondo state.

    “We had a good election in Edo state. Our determination is that Ondo should be better. Are you committed to ensuring that Ondo is going to be better?

    “This meeting is supposed to review a number of issues, we rarely need to discuss a number of issues.

    “For us to deliver a successful election that is better than the previous elections that we have conducted, and that is our determination, there are a number of issues that we need to take into consideration.

    “If you don’t prepare hard, then you are preparing to fail, we must prepare very hard.

    “Top on the list is personal integrity. This is very important. Elections are ultimately conducted by human beings and what we bring is our integrity to the process. Never ever, ever think of compromising for whatever reason.

    “We must work contentiously and we must determine to allow the people of Ondo state to determine who becomes their governor, irrespective of what.

    “That is our responsibility under the Constitution. That is what we should all be committed. Personal integrity is very important,” he said.

    Yakubu, who urged the EOs to work as a team, said that from previous experience, some EOs thought they could do everything alone.

    According to him, such attitude will result to lapses on election day and a situation where there will be nobody to hold responsible.

    The chairman also warned the EOs not to short change or replace ad hoc staff that would be used for the Oct. 10 election.

    He said:“The training allowance, all the money that we are supposed to give them for feeding right at RAC level and ultimately, the payment for their jobs must be paid.

    “Recall that this time around, each one of them is going to get a letter of appointment. That letter of appointment contains the responsibilities of the ad hoc staff, the remunerations, the mode of payment, as well as the procedure for lodging complaints.

    “That is why the letter is in duplicate, the headquarters will retain a copy of the letter at state headquarters, because the admin secretary is going to sign the letters.

    “Then there is a form, which is on a third page, which prescribes or provides for procedure for lodging complaints. And at the bottom of that page given each ad hoc staff is a dedicated WhatsApp number.

    “If any one of them has not been paid, they will file their complaints not only to the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), but direct to the headquarters.

    “So, I will see who has not paid who. Fortunately, since we started this, we have considerably reduced or almost eliminated the incidence of ad hoc staff not being paid. Don’t change ad hoc staff at will, as EOs at local government.

    “If you do so you will not have letter of appointment and then we will see how that ad hoc staff is paid. If that ad hoc staff’s paid matters will arise. So  don’t allow matters to arise.”

    Yakubu said the interactive session, was to discuss eight issues including non-sensitive materials, management of polling units,  recruitment of ad hoc staff and their training and well as logistics.

    “This afternoon, we will visit Akure South local government, which in terms of the number of registered voters and Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collected, is actually the largest in Ondo state.

    “We are going there to see the level of preparations practically, in addition to all the reports we have received from the headquarters or from the state headquarters, he said.

    Yakubu said it was also important to get the issues of ad hoc staff recruitment, training and posting right, to avoid running around on the eve of election day.

    He also stressed the need for activation of Registration Area Centres  (RACs) before the deployment of ad hoc staff and materials, as well as proper management of polling units, especially in the contest of COVI-19.

    “You must get the reverse logistics right. We are deploying quite a number of equipment. In addition to the smart card readers were deploying the Z-pads.

    “We have to recover them.  We are deploying pilot boxes, the voting cubicles because we must recover them.

    “We are also deploying the handheld thermometers to be used at polling unit level, ward collation and local government collation areas at state level.

    “We must recover those items, because we’re going through the same items in subsequent elections.

    “Last night, a truck arrived from Benin with the z-pads, as well as the handheld thermometers.

    “So, if Benin has been able to recover, we believe that Ondo should be able to recover 100 per cent, so that we don’t have to keep spending money on items that we can use from one election after another,” he said.


    Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Felix Ajide
    Source: NAN