INEC Chairman Releases Groundbreaking Statement, Reveals What Commission Will Do For Nigerians, Ahead Of 2019 Elections

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured stakeholders that the commission will not fail Nigerians in the 2019 general election.

 

Yakubu said this at the 6th anniversary lecture and investiture into the Realnews hall of fame held in Lagos on Thursday.

 

 

He said the commission is not unaware of the “tough task” ahead but determined to leave no stone unturned to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

 

He said INEC was deeply committed to democratic elections that would “contribute to political stability and consolidation of democracy which would propel the nation to greater economic prosperity”.

 

“It is true that political stability is a prerequisite for economic growth and development. It is also true that no economy flourishes in a situation of uncertainty,” he said.

 

 

“Nations cannot develop if they are unstable. We have seen nations and cities destroyed by unacceptable electoral outcomes.

 

“Democratic transition through periodic and credible elections is the best way to ensure certainty that will guarantee and sustain political stability.

 

“We will never ever fail the nation. Our commitment is that we will never give Nigerians excuses.

 

 

 

 

“The commission has embarked on diligent preparations to ensure that the 2019 general elections is credible and meets the goals of election integrity.”

 

The INEC chairman called on all stakeholders to play their roles in achieving a transparent and inclusive electoral process.

 

According to him, the commission has harmonised accreditation and voting, carried out greater engagement, installation of trackers, enhancement of smart card readers and improved logistics.

 

“We are working to ensure optimal performance of the smart card readers,” he said.

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PDP Exposes Shocking Details Of How APC, INEC Planned To Rig 2019 Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of planning to rig the 2019 elections in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to Vanguard, Secondus said the electoral body has prepared special card readers and result sheets for APC.

The PDP chairman said this while speaking with the election team of the Economic Community of West Africa states (ECOWAS).

Warns INEC boss

Secondus also warned the chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu against the manipulation of the 2019 elections.

The PDP chairman said that it will be a ‘recipe for crisis’, and Yakubu will be held responsible.

Secondus also said that history will be unkind to the INEC boss if he fails to conduct free and fair elections in 2019.

He also said “They have finished their rigging arrangements with preloaded cards and special election result sheets all doctored to Favour the ruling APC.

“The INEC chairman has no strong will to follow our electoral laws and constitution as well as the laid down international standards in his processes towards 2019 and we want to let the World know this before it happens.

“They have finished plots to isolate states of Kano, Benue, Rivers, Buachi, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Imo and Kwara and Lagos for disruption during the general election so they can plan well to mobilize the rigging.”

The PDP also accused APC of planning to block bank accounts belonging to its members so as to frustrate the flow of funds during campaigns for the upcoming general elections.

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2019: See What Rivers State REC Told Youths

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers, Mr Obo Effenga, on Thursday warned youths in the state against violence in the 2019 general elections.

Effenga gave the warning in an interview with told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt.

He said that youths must avoid being used by politicians to foment trouble during the elections, no matter how highly placed such a person may be.

“Our young men must be ready to support peaceful elections; they must shun any attempt by anybody to use them for violence at the polls,’’ Effanga said.

The REC said that the only credible way of electing political leadership was through the ballot, adding, “we must shun violence totally.

“Election credibility comes through the ballot; it does not come through the bullet. We all owe our society a duty to ensure peace during the elections.

He called on politicians to play by the rules by avoiding anything capable of triggering violence during the poll, adding that no credible electoral result could emerge through violence.

The INEC official said that political parties and their supporters owed the society a crucial duty of ensuring a smooth and violence-free election.

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2019: Trouble Looms As Senators Make Shock Discovery In INEC Office

The premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State had some unusual visitors on Wednesday.

They were members of the Senate Committee on INEC who were on a fact-finding mission and on an oversight visit to assess the electoral body’s preparedness for 2019 General Elections.

The visiting  Senate committee, led by its Chairman, Sen. Suleiman Nazif, was received by Adelani Asade, INEC’s Administrative Secretary on behalf of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun.

According to Nazif, the visit was aimed at stock-taking, inventory, assessment and appraisal of the funds and appropriation of the commission for an enhanced, free, fair and credible elections.

He said that the committee engaged the commission on the general level of preparedness for the 2019 elections, rate of PVCs collection and outcome of the public display of voter registers.

The committee, after a tour of the INEC facilities, made some shock findings that could jeopardize the 2019 elections if not promptly addressed.

The senators particularly frowned at the commission’s storage facilities for Card Reader Machines and the huge number of uncollected Permanent Voters Cards in the state.

Nazif said: “Having gone round your offices, I am quite impressed with what I have seen.

“However, there are certain observations which I believe this is not peculiar to Lagos Office, the issue of storage.

“One of the most important aspects in our electioneering process are the card readers. The storage of this card readers is something I have problem with.

“Storage facilities must be upgraded, I don’t know what the commission is doing about cooling system but I was surprised that the place where card readers are stored are over heated.

“I wonder how these card readers will last. You know how expensive these card readers are. You know the importance of these card readers, especially in our present day political evolution and development in Nigeria.

“What happens if the majority of our card readers are not functioning. The storage is in a very poor condition. I think we need to do something about this because we cannot afford to allow these card readers in that condition.”

According to him, if the card readers are stored in facilities that are extremely hot, it will affect their optimal performance on election days.

Nazif, who said that he observed same issues in most states, urged the commission to improve on its storage facilities, saying that the place where cards readers were kept could affect their functionality during elections.

He expressed concern on the 1.5 million uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the state and urged the commission to engage more relevant stakeholders to ensure the cards get to their owners.

Welcoming the guests, Asade said that the commission was doing everything possible to increase voter education to ensure PVCs get to their owners and conduct flawless elections in 2019.

“We are making every effort to reach out to Lagosians through the print and electronic media, market outreach, visit to churches and mosque, stakeholders meetings at local government level for eligible voters to collect their PVCs.

” As to the level of preparedness for 2019 elections, I make bold to tell you that INEC in Lagos State is ready,” Asade said.

He said that the commission would upgrade the commission’s storage facilities to secure the card readers.

Asade urged the committee to assist the commission in providing wherewithal to ensure distribution of PVCs to their owners at the grassroots.

Fresh Calls For INEC To Be Unbiased In 2019 Arises

Chief Olabode George, former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has joined the people urging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be neutral in the conduct of the 2019 elections.
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George, who spoke in an interview with reporters today in Port Harcourt, urged the election umpire to conduct free and fair elections.
 
He challenged the body to put on record an election void of hindrance that would not endanger the will of the majority.
 
“My appeal is that there should be nothing to hinder the election process, the election must be fair, just and equitable,” the PDP chieftain said.
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While citing examples of Ekiti and Osun state elections, as having irregularities, he urged the election umpire to ensure a more transparent process in 2019.
 
His words, “The display in Ekiti and Osun state elections, simply put, was an absolute charade. It was disheartening for me, because this is 21st century, we should always think about the perception of the international community concerning our democracy.
 
“If you read their reports on Ekiti and Osun state elections, it speaks volume about the irregularities perpetrated in those electionsMy sincere appeal to INEC, please don’t manipulate the process, let the will of the majority be respected and sustained,” he said.
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The party chieftain expressed optimism on his party’s chances of winning the 2019 general elections, urging the ruling party, APC, to exhibit same level of statesmanship displayed in 2015 by former President Goodluck Jonathan if it eventually loses to the PDP.
 
“If we lose this election, we shall go back and prepare ahead of 2023, but if we win, please don’t manipulate the process. The statesmanship exhibited by former president Jonathan was indeed a hallmark of our renewed strength, because through that, we went back to our drawing boardWe did a postmortem and we saw where we went wrong and we are set to deliver good government to our people based on our renewed strength and knowledge,” he said.
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Trader Moni: PDP Shocks The Entire Nation, Reveals What INEC Must Do To Sanwo-Olu, APC, Ahead Of 2019 Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party, Lagos state chapter, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to use its power under the Electoral Act to ensure fairness in elections by disqualifying the All Progressives Congress, APC, from contesting in the governorship election in Lagos State.

 

The party also asked the electoral body to prosecute the APC governorship candidate, Mr Jide Sanwoolu, for violating the election timetable on start of campaigns.

 

 

According to the PDP in a statement signed by Gani Taofik, its Publicity Secretary, the deliberate rallies into Lagos markets by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is basically to introduce the APC governorship candidate to the traders for votes and not intended to launch any trade support programme,sic tradermoni.

 

Justifying its position, the PDP averred that Mr Sanwoolu at every of the visitations is introduced as governorship candidate of APC and the vice president always sought the traders to vote APC to continue the ‘trader moni’. “Similarly, the visitations are fleshed up with APC campaign posters, souvenirs, musicians to promote APC and Sanwoolu”.

 

 

The PDP claims that the markets visitation is apparent electoral impunity which the INEC cannot deny knowledge of “thus allowing the APC to over reach other political parties in the state. If this is not stopped, other parties would also commence campaigns and indeed the INEC should be responsible for abetting the offences”.

 

Expressing its objections further, the PDP accused the INEC of not sanctioning the lagos APC and governorship candidate who have also been using the state media houses to lure voters.

 

 

“We shall not standby to be technically rigged out of this election, we take very strong objections to these illegal and foul campaigns by the APC governorship candidate. We state categorically that the INEC is officially abetting this electoral impunity by looking the other way pretending not to notice the APC violations. This calls to question the readiness of the electoral body to allow fair contest in the coming elections.”

 

It would be recalled that the Vice President, Governor Ambode and the Lagos APC governorship candidate have recently been visiting markets in Lagos state to distribute Ten thousand naira each to traders as trade support in a scheme known as trader money.

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Just In: Rigging Alert!!! Thugs Break Into INEC Office, Steal Voters Cards Ahead Of 2019 Elections

It seems some bad elements in Akwa Ibom have put plans in place to rig the forthcoming general elections in 2019 as the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) currently supervising Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Delta states, Dr Mustapha Lecky, claimed that thugs broke into the Okobo Local Government Office in Akwa Ibom during the recently concluded primary elections and stole 2045 permanent voters cards (PVCs).
Lecky revealed this at the Uyo INEC secretariat while addressing reporters at the end of a tour of Akwa Ibom.
 
According to him, “The PVCs were stolen in Okobo Local Government Area. There were 2045 PVCs, we have visited the Okobo Local Government Area of the state and we can see a lot of security lapses around the local government office.
 
I think it was a mob action which was a consequence of the primary elections that were taking place at that time and I want to assure you that the police are looking into the matter. The PVCs were stolen from where we kept them for safety.
“Like I have said what they (hoodlums) have done is a nullity because we have a list of everybody; we have their names; we have their pin numbers and we have their pictures on the voter register.
 
“It is a matter of reproducing the PVCs and making them available. But still we have to go after those culprits who were responsible so that we can apprehend them and punish them according to the law,” he said.
Lecky then denounced claims from some sections saying the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) planned to use Federal might to compromise the 2019 elections even as he stated the commission’s intent to ensure that every vote counts.
 
He condemned politicians who defied INEC’s regulations by starting their election campaigns before the date fixed by the commission – November 18.
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2019 Elections: SHOCKING!!! INEC Official Cries Out, As Hoodlums Steal Thousands of PVCs

Dr Mustapha Lecky, the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) currently supervising Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Delta states, has cried out as two thousand and forty-five (2,045) Permanent Voter Cards was reportedly stolen by suspected hoodlums in Akwa Ibom State.
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Lecky made the claim at the commission’s secretariat in Uyo, the state capital while briefing newsmen at the end of his assessment tour of the state.
 
He said, “The PVCs were stolen in Okobo Local Government Area. There were 2045 PVCs, we have visited the Okobo Local Government Area of the state and we can see a lot of security lapses around the local government office. I think it was a mob action which was a consequence of the primary elections that were taking place at that time and I want to assure you that the police are looking into the matter. The PVCs were stolen from where we kept them for safety.
“Like I have said what they (hoodlums) have done is a nullity because we have a list of everybody; we have their names; we have their pin numbers and we have their pictures on the voter register. It is a matter of reproducing the PVCs and making them available. But still we have to go after those culprits who were responsible so that we can apprehend them and punish them according to the law,” he said.
 
Lecky dismissed insinuation that the federal might would be used to compromise the credibility of next year’s election in favour of the All Progressives Congress.
He said INEC was doing everything to ensure that every vote would count.
 
He condemned politicians for kick-starting campaigns before the November 18 date fixed by the commission, saying, “They have defied INEC’s regulations.”
 
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Mike Igini, in his remarks, assured that he would ensure that credible and transparent elections were conducted in Akwa Ibom State.
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PDP,APC can’t rig 2019 general elections- INEC boast

INEC has stated that it has put in place measures that will make it impossible to rig the 2019 general election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State says the Commission developed a foolproof system to eliminate, under-aged voters, manipulation of results and rigging of the 2019 general elections. Patrick Andrew brings excerpt of interview.

What is the essence of the current verification of voter register?

The Electoral Act provides for that. Besides, it will us to arrive at the authentic registered voters for the 2019 general elections. At the end of the exercise, the Commission will give satisfied copies to political parties so that they will know what the total figure of the registered voters for the entire country, state by state, ward by ward, polling unit by polling unit. But what is most important now is in view of all the issues around under aged persons, ineligible persons and people who were brought from other communities, an authentic voter register is necessary.

We have spent enormous resources to ensure that the preliminary voter register is taken to the polling units. Now Nigerians should go to the polling units to check their names and addresses of those registered to vote at that polling unit.

INEC has held meetings with security agencies and many wonder are those meetings achieving the kind of results that INEC would love to have in the light of the role security played in the last three elections?

Well, in other jurisdiction USA for instance, you saw the election that just took place and in the UK and other parts of the world, the electoral process is built on trust and that is why when you travel out to the USA to observe election while welcoming you they say ‘welcome to the celebration of American democracy’.

But in Nigeria when you are talking about election it is as if you are preparing for war and this is a sad commentary for us and that is where the issue of security comes in. Outside Nigeria security does not have a special role to play in election, in fact Election Day is like any other normal day. But here in our country, you have heard about even the Commissioner of Police and the hierarchy of the National Security Adviser getting involved in election matters.

Regrettably, even the reprobate elites are doing everything to create the impression as if election is all about war. Sadly, their children, their family members are never involved as a matter of fact by December they are going to take their family members out of this country. And so security has become a major issue and that is why we have been having inter-agency consultative security meetings.

For us (INEC), we are engaging them because a successful election will be determined by the neutrality of the umpire who is on the driver’s seat, the neutrality of security agencies, the role of the judiciary because you could see the pre-election election matters that are coming up now. Of course you know the outcome of primaries and how they are handled determined the shape of the general election.

 

Security is a binary subject, it is either there is security or no security. Our message to or engagement with the security agencies is ‘this election will come and go, when the history of the 2019 elections like previous elections is written will you want to be on the foot note?

Will your contribution lead to the advancement of democracy or to bring it down? As umpire-the INEC- I can tell you that we will stand tall, mighty in defence of the procedure for this election because two basic indisia are used to measure the credibility level of any election which are processe indicators and outcome indicators.

On the part of INEC, we are going to conduct an election that will meet the legitimate expectation of Nigerian people by ensuring that the vote of the people. First materials will be delivered to all polling units, and Nigerians should go there and audit those materials in terms of the Result Sheets, yes voters but I am specifically referring to party agents must be there.

For instance, in the presidential election where there are 120000 polling units, these agents must be there, observers both foreign and local will be there. We have gone to a level such that we now used customised papers whereby you cannot take one ballot paper from place to another, card reader will be used and there will be no incident form in the 2019 general elections.

At all?

Yes, at all there will no incident form in 2019. We have redesigned our voter register just in case we have any issue about authenticating the bio-data of an individual. The way we have designed our register it will be incidented on that register, at best we will recapture you at that point.

Every voter with incident?

No, that is only those who have issues with their biometric in our voter register. In fact, we have enhanced the card reader to help. We are saying in the likely event that a voter or we have issues with authenticating your biometric, we shall incident it in the register which we have redesigned and there are some columns we have designed, secondly we are saying that we can recapture you immediately. So the incident form that was used to sabotage the card reader is no longer going to be used.

In any case, all the elections that we have conducted in recent times and we have conducted well over 190 constituent elections in the country so far in none have we used incident form. So, there will no incident form in the 2019 general elections.

In the US election we saw how quickly the result was announced, but why is our case different?

As a matter of fact we have made tremendous progress. Whether that of Anambra, Ekiti or Osun States that we conducted it wasn’t up to 24 hours when results were released. Can you compare that with the ordinary primaries of 1000 or little more delegates conducted by political parties that they used days or numbers of hours to count just few votes? No, within 24 hours we have released results. Will you be considered the regulator or supervisor of political parties?

No, we don’t want to micro managed political parties. We supervise and conduct elections.

But you were supposed to monitor political parties?

Yes, we do that by virtue of section 25 of the Electoral Act. The first duty of a political party in a democracy is the presentation of candidate for an election. As a matter of fact one of the fundamentals of liberal democracy is the fact the general election that we conduct is just an affirmation of the candidates of political parties.

And so we have developed a template to bring credibility and allow for internal party democracy. Unlike what us to happen before when an INEC Commissioner just said to be present when the parties are conducting primaries and he just relies on the opinion of the party.

Now, first you must show us that there is a proper panel for the conduct of your primaries as recognised by law, there must a venue, time and programme, we have about 14 items on the template which now forms the template of reporting what happened at elections conducted by parties for the selection of their candidates for the main or general elections.

It details on proceedings such as motion was moved. But the motion moved, was there voting, was there counting, was there a return? Who was returned? On the basis of that, having fulfilled section 27, that you can now go to section 31 of the Electoral Act to submit the list of your candidates or candidate. So to the extent that we are asked to do that we have done our best.

But the question really was, was INEC effective in monitoring the conduct of parties’ primaries?

Yes, of course. And what do you mean by effectiveness? First, INEC must be present to observe procedures and all the places these exercises took place we have our reports. All we need to do if we are called upon is to bring our report as regards what happened or what did not happened, that’s it.

The important this is we are not political parties, if they like let them bring anybody they want we shall meet in Philippi but they must follow due process.

What is the Phillippi?

It is the Election Day. You will swim or sink with your candidate on the day of the election because we have developed a robust process. Some of the errors you used to see you can’t see them anymore because you can’t manipulate or undermine the process the way it used to be before. The level of accountability process is strong. So we are waiting for all the political parties because we have midwifed a strong process and the process is very important because the process that we have developed is to meet what is called anticipated reaction.

What is the process of substituting a candidate?

Section 33 of the Electoral Act, having regard to our historical past have, made the points that parties shall not substitute a candidate except in an event of death or voluntary withdrawal.

Which one is voluntary?

That is if the party writes INEC.

What happened in a situation where the candidate writes to INEC denying that he had withdrawn his candidacy given the fact that it is the party that submits the name to INEC, how do you handle that?

Section 35 of the Electoral Act makes it very clear. It says in effect that a candidate whose name has been substituted by virtue of Section 31 by a political party and that wishes to withdraw shall do that in writing signed by himself and delivered by the party to INEC.

It is the party that sponsors the candidate that will have to submit the letter to us. However, no party can a write in this regard to INEC by virtue of Section 31 and it testifies that if you want to change a candidate without that coming from the candidate the action is null and void.

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JUST IN: Standing Ovation As INEC Shuts Down Rumour-Mongers, Releases Groundbreaking Speech, Ahead Of 2019 Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is committed to a free fair, transparent and credible elections in 2019.

INEC’s National Commissioner supervising Benue, Anambra and Enugu states, Festus Okoye, stated this at an interface with the media and Civil Society Organisations, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, at the weekend.

 

 

“We want to ensure that, at the end of the elections, the votes of the people count.”

He further said INEC had set up a special committee that would fashion out legal, registration and
frameworks for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across Nigeria, including Benue State.

 

 

While stating that the measure would guarantee their participation and protection in the 2019 general elections, the INEC commissioner said the step became necessary to make sure all those who were displaced from their original homes, as a result of one crisis or the others, including flooding, were not disenfranchised.