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Trending: How Electoral process failed in Nigeria-Attahiru Jega

Image result for Attahiru JegaIt has been revealed that former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega has decried the failure of the electoral process to entrench good governance in Africa.

Jega stated this on Thursday, November 14th at the University of Ibadan, UI, while delivering 2019 Convocation Lecture titled, “Towards Credible Electoral Process and Sustainable Political Systems in Nigeria: What role for Universities”.

He said, “All over Africa, and indeed, to some extent, throughout the developing world, the electoral process is failing to entrench good governance and stable and sustainable democratic political systems as a result of what can be termed as a deficit of electoral integrity”.

According to him, deeply embedded unwholesome practices, such as use of money, violence, incumbency powers, and a range of electoral malpractices and fraudulent activities in the electoral process grossly undermine its utility as a vehicle for liberal democratic development.  He revealed that dominant political classes can, and often do, hijack the electoral process through various means, to access power for selfish and self-serving objectives, rather than for democratic development that would satisfy the needs and aspirations of majority of the citizens in the country.

“In virtually all cases, ritualized elections, which lack integrity merely serve to legalize, if not ‘legitimize’, access and control of power into executive or legislative arms of government by people unconcerned with, or indifferent to, the requirements of sustainable democratic development. Hence, such elections do not catalyze, nor guarantee responsive and responsible representation and/or governance”, he said. 

Jega affirmed that studies of elections and election observation reports generally, and on Nigeria in particular, exposed profound evidence of persistent electoral malpractices, the enormity and consequences of which undermined the integrity of the elections and the democratization processes they are supposed to engender.

The electoral administrator stated that, “a situational and contextual analysis of the electoral process in Nigeria reveals an incredible level of electoral malpractices and thus acute deficiency in electoral integrity, which are no doubt among the major sources/causes of political instability, weakness and inadequacy of the governance process and eroded legitimacy of elected government I the country”.

For the restoration and entrenching electoral integrity, Jega advocated for continuous legal and administrative reforms, as well as sensitization and public enlightenment, “most significantly, there is need for all stakeholders to strengthen their constructive engagement with the electoral process, with a view to improving, protecting and defending its integrity.”

Labour Party, INEC at war

Image result for inec chairmanIt has been reported that Labour Party has filed a suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its exclusion from a meeting with the fact-finding committee sent to Rivers State to investigate the irregularities that marred elections in the state.

In a suit filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday marked FHC/AB/306/2019, the Labour Party and its governorship candidate in the March 9 governorship and house of assembly elections, Isaac Wonwu, are praying to court to determine whether INEC was right to have excluded them from meeting INEC’s fact-finding team that was sent to the state to look into the disputes arising from the polls.


The party is also praying the court to stop the electoral body from proceeding, as it had announced, with the resumption and declaration of the results of the polls until the matter has been determined.


INEC has scheduled Wednesday, March 20, 2019, for the announcement of the result of the March 9 elections held in the state.

Thugs attacked INEC office at Akwa Ibom State, two people killed as cars destroyed

Photos: Two people killed, cars destroyed as thugs attack INEC office Akwa Ibom StateIt has been reported that at least two persons were reportedly killed following the violence that broke out at the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Obot-Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The incident which resulted in the burning of many vehicles was said to have occurred after some thugs invaded the office where party agents and supporters were waiting for the delivery of sensitive materials from Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital before the election was postponed.

See more photos below: Photos: Two people killed, cars destroyed as thugs attack INEC office Akwa Ibom StatePhotos: Two people killed, cars destroyed as thugs attack INEC office Akwa Ibom StatePhotos: Two people killed, cars destroyed as thugs attack INEC office Akwa Ibom State

See how Nigerians will vote on Saturday

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released photos of sample ballot boxes for the 2019 General elections.

The ballot boxes are in different colours, with the descriptions of the offices to be voted.

The ballot box for presidential votes is red, that of the Senate is black, while that of the House of Reps is green. All the three elections are taking place on February 16.

For the next batch of elections scheduled for March 2, the ballot box for governorship election is red, while that of state House of Assembly election is black. The two elections take place on the same day.

This information was contained in a tweet via INEC’s verified Twitter handle.

Trending: How Judge Convicted INEC Official Accused Of Receiving Diezani Bribe

It has been reported that Judge Convicted INEC Official Accused Of Receiving Diezani Bribe
A federal court in Lagos has convicted a former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) administrative secretary in Kwara State, Christian Nwosu.

Mohammed Idris, the judge, found Mr Nwosu guilty of laundering N264million.

“I find that the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt in the manner required by law,” the judge said.

The judge adjourned sentencing till Friday and ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ensure his present Nwosu in court.

The EFCC re-arraigned Mr Nwosu for allegedly accepting gratification from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Mrs Alison-Madueke is still at large.

Mr Nwosu was re-arraigned alongside Tijani Bashir before Mr Idris.

They were charged with another INEC official Yisa Adedoyin, who had pleaded guilty to the offence and was convicted following a plea bargain.

Mr Nwosu initially pleaded guilty to receiving N30million gratification from Mrs Alison-Madueke ahead of the 2015 general elections, but later changed his plea to not guilty.

Why INEC rejected Ezekwesili’s presidential bid withdrawal under ACPN

INEC rejects Ezekwesili’s withdrawalThe Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) has rejected the purported withdrawal of presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Dr Oby Ezekwesili.

The commission noted Ezekwesili’s withdrawal was outside the window of opportunity granted to political parties contesting in the 16th February 2019 presidential poll.

72 candidates were listed for the election, which is just 21 days away.

The commission stated her withdrawal contravenes the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, which stipulated that a candidate can only withdraw from election 45 days to the poll.

Ezekwesili declared her presidential ambition last October.

Responding to the development, the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi said her decision was also outside the commission’s timetable and schedule of activities for the forthcoming polls.

He stated: “It is impossible for any presidential candidate to withdraw from the race now.

“According to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 General Elections, the last day for withdrawal by candidates or replacement of withdrawn candidates by political parties was 17th November, 2018 for Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

“Therefore, the deadline for Ezekwesili or any candidate in that category to withdraw or be replaced has passed.

Operation kicks Melaye out begins April 28th

Image result for Senator Dino MelayeThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the timetable for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West).

The Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. James Apam, said following the Appeal Court’s ruling that the recall can start, INEC fixed April 28 for the verification and  May 5 for the referendum.

Apam, who spoke at a stakeholders’ forum in Lokoja, said the process will begin with an invite to electorate, who signed the recall register, to identify their signatures.

According to him, if the process is successful, the commission will proceed to the next stage where a referendum of all registered voters will be conducted.

He continued: “Here, voters will be asked to vote either Yes or No to the question of whether they want Senator Dino Melaye recalled.

“If the answer is able to meet the constitutional requirements of 51 per cent ‘Yes’, the process moves to the next stage, but if it fails, the process stops.”

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, last week, ruled against Melaye’s suit challenging the move to recall him.

“As a law abiding people, INEC will not do anything outside the dictate of the law. That is why we have to wait till after the judgment before going ahead with the process”, Apam added.

On the continuous voters’ registration, Apam said 210,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were ready for collection, and so urged owners to come for them.


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