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Anambra Guber: INEC Insists On Deployment Of New Technology For Result Transmission

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that there is no going back in the deployment of new technology for transmission of results from the polling units to its central result viewing portal during the November 6, Anambra State governorship election.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made the declaration at a one-day seminar, organized by the INEC Press Corp in Abuja on Wednesday.

Okoye further revealed that the commission has implemented eight out of the 14 items listed in the timetable and schedule of activities, adding that it will publish the Official Register of Voters and the Final List of nominated candidates to bring the total activities already implemented to 10.

He further announced the readiness of the Commission to conduct the poll, stressing that Anambra State has a total of 21 Local Governments, 326 Registration Areas (Wards), 5,720 Polling Units and 2,447,996 registered voters.

The Commission also pointed out that the number of registered voters will certainly increase with the end of the first phase of the Continuous Voter Registration exercise and the display of the said Register for Claims and Objections.

The election umpire also made passionate appeal to stakeholders to protect corps members deployed for the conduct of the elections.

“The Commission will also deploy relevant and appropriate technology for the conduct of the Anambra State Governorship election. To this end, the Commission will deploy the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the accreditation of voters. The bimodal accreditation system will use fingerprints or facials for efficient voter accreditation. Therefore, those engaged in identity theft must steer clear of the polling units in Anambra State as only voters that are properly authenticated using their fingerprints or facials will be allowed to vote.

“The Commission will also use its new technological device to upload polling unit level results to its central result viewing portal. Nigerians that have access to internet facilities can log in and view the results as they are being uploaded.
“For this, we have commenced elaborate voter education and publicity activities in the State. He emphasized the Commission’s determination to conduct a good election in Anambra State adding that all its processes and procedures are geared and targeted at achieving the objective.

“We assure the people of Anambra State and indeed all Nigerians that the votes of the people will be the only determinant of leadership succession in the state.

Speaking further on the November Anambra poll, he said: “We therefore appeal to all the critical stakeholders to rally round the Commission and give their maximum cooperation towards this goal. The Commission needs a safe and secure environment for efficient and professional deployment of staff and materials. We must realize that young men and women doing their National Youth Service form the bulk of our Presiding Officers. Some of them are the only sons and daughters of their parents.

“Some of them graduated from school through determined perseverance in the face of hardship. Some of them are the products of community effort while some of them did menial jobs to graduate. We therefore have a responsibility to protect them in the performance of this national assignment.

“No form of insurance can cover for the loss of one life and the Commission will on no account compromise on the safety and welfare of these individuals and all other staff that will be deployed for the election,” he said.

Giving more update on the poll, he said: “As you are aware, on May 23, 2021 the Commissions facilities in its Anambra State office were attacked and destroyed. The Collation Centre was burnt, stores housing over 326 generating sets and the generating sets were burnt. Six utility vehicles were set ablaze and the main building substantially damaged and burnt and over 50 per cent of non sensitive materials meant for the election were also set ablaze.

“The Commission has made substantial progress in restoring these facilities and other burnt national electoral assets. The stores have been reconstructed and ready to receive materials. The Collation Center will be ready in a few days time and the restoration of the main building will also be completed in a few days time.

“The implication is that in the next few days, the Commission will begin the movement of non sensitive materials from its zonal stores in different parts of the federation to Anambra State office, preparatory to batching and delivery to our LG offices.

“The tenure of the incumbent governor of Anambra State will expire on March 17, 2022. Pursuant to section 178(1) and (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and section 25(7) and (8) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), the earliest date for the election into the office of the Governor, Anambra State shall be October 18, 2021 and the latest date for the election shall be February 15, 2022.
“By virtue of the provisions of section 1978(2) of the Constitution and section 25(8) of the Electoral Act, election into the office of a State Governor shall hold not earlier than 150 and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of the last holder of the office. Out of the fourteen items listed in the said timetable and schedule of activities, the Commission has implemented eight.”

He further disclosed that; “the Commission has made substantial progress in restoring these facilities and other burnt national electoral assets. The stores have been reconstructed and ready to receive materials. The Collation Center will be ready in a few days time and the restoration of the main building will also be completed in a few days time.

“The implication is that in the next few days, the Commission will begin the movement of non sensitive materials from its zonal stores in different parts of the federation to Anambra State office, preparatory to batching and delivery to our LG offices,” he said.

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Ekiti Election: INEC Calls For Speedy Prosecution Of Arrested ‘Vote-Buyers’

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday called for the quick prosecution of all those arrested for vote-buying during the Ekiti State governorship election.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the call during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security in Abuja.

He said he was satisfied with the conduct of security agencies during the election, and that the speedy prosecution of culprits of vote-buying will serve as a deterrent for others.

“Vote busying remains a major area of concern. We appreciate the role played by anti-corruption and security agencies,” he said.

“We are working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure the prosecution of persons arrested in the Ekiti governorship election.”

The INEC Chairman also highlighted the commission’s activities lined up for the forthcoming Osun State scheduled for July 16.

According to him, INEC is committed to the conduct of pre-election activities to perfect the Osun polls.

“The Commission is deploying a readiness assessment team to Osun State next week to assess our preparations. We will visit some of our local government offices in the state, hold meetings with our staff, we will also observe the mock accreditation of voters in some polling units across the three senatorial districts in the state,” the INEC Chairman added.

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2023: My WAEC Certificate Is Missing, Lost And Cannot Be Found, Okowa Tells INEC

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The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa has reportedly informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his WAEC certificate is missing.

It was gathered that Okowa informed INEC about the missing certificate as part of his filings for eligibility in the race for the 2023 elections.

He said in an affidavit to that effect that he enrolled and sat for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) West African School Certificate (WASC) examinations in the year 1974.

The original certificate issued can no more be found however, he added in the affidavit.

The affidavit of loss of original certificate was obtained from the High Court of Justice, Delta State, in the Asaba Judicial Division on October 3, 2006.

“That I personally enrolled and sat for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) West African School Certificate (WASC) examinations in the year 1974 at Edo College, Benin City, in now Edo state,” The Delta State Governor was reported to have said in the affidavit according to Tribune.

“That I passed the said examinations and was subsequently issued the said certificate therefore. That the original of the said certificate issued to me is now missing, lost and cannot be found.

“That I make this oath for the records and do so knowing and believing the same to be true and in accordance with the Oaths Law of the Bendel State as applicable to Delta state,” he added.

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2023: Tinubu’s Presidency Will Handle Nigeria’s Diversity Better, Says Ganduje

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Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Saturday assured Nigerians that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidency would handle Nigerian diversity well.

Ganduje, who spoke in Abuja when he hosted the National Coalition of Tinubu Support Groups Worldwide, the national directorate, comprising Nigeria, USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Oman, UAE chapters, for his leading role in Tinubu’s victory at the party’s primary election was feted by the support group.

A statement by Malam Muhammad Garba, the Commissioner for Information, that was made available to SATURDAY INDEPENDENT quoted his principal to have explained that Tinubu’s outstanding performance as Lagos state governor where he formed a formidable team of diverse backgrounds transformed the state into the strongest economy in the sub-region was a pointer in that direction.

He said that “All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flagbearer is not going to be an experimental president given his dexterity and strong rooting in politics and administration in the Nigeria project.”

Ganduje expressed optimism that the emergence of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as APC standard-bearer has brightened the chance and gave hope and encouragement that the party would win the forthcoming 2023 general election.

The governor, therefore, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for creating the enabling environment for the conduct of the primary, the APC and its governors as well as other aspirants who have expressed readiness to work with Asiwaju for the victory of the party.

He similarly expressed appreciation for the recognition by the coalition and promised to work harder for the success of Asiwaju’s presidential candidature.

Earlier, the Convener and Global Director-General of the coalition, Dr Doyin Johnson had said that the award was presented to Governor Ganduje as a way of saying thank you for the strategic role he played in the actualization of the Asiwaju presidency.


He charged the governor to continue to use his intellectual capacity and strong mobilization prowess to ensure the success of the APC presidential candidate at the polls.

Speaking earlier, the Imo state governor, who was part of the delegation, tasked the governor whom he described as a man of honour, to further mapped out strategies for winning the secondary election come 2023.

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