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2023; INEC Promises To Deploy Manual, Electronic Method

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2023; INEC Promises To Deploy Manual, Electronic Method

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said it would employ both the manual and electronic methods in the transmission of the 2023 elections results.

The commission also said there is a possibility of moving sensitive materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria to another location.

The chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said these during a consultative meeting with the media in Abuja on Thursday.

Responding to a question on the political ambition and partisanship of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, Yakubu said the commission might be forced to find another arrangement for the handling of sensitive materials.

The INEC chairman said the CBN is responsible for the storage and movement of sensitive materials, adding that the commission has never doubted the capacity of the CBN to discharge that responsibility.

He said, “But I understand the context in which the question is asked. But you should also understand the context in which events are unfolding. As we speak, our director, litigation and prosecution is in court.

There is a case in court. We have been invited to state our own side of the story. We usually refrain from talking about such issues because there is essentially subjudice.

But we are already started talking about what alternatives are available to us in case we need to change the arrangement for the handling of sensitive materials. We have started thinking about it. We are aware of the situation. We will watch the situation. We still have 9 months before the next general elections.

“Things may be addressed before then. I want to assure you that we will not jeopardize the conduct of the election by creating a misconception around the situation in the process.

According to him, INEC would partner with the Economic Financial Crime Commission to check the spending of political parties during the 2023 election.

Yakubu added that the provision of the Electoral Act 2022 in the management of results was still basically manual involving the recording of results on forms and their delivery to various levels of collation until declaration and returns are made.

While declaring however that the law still provides for e-transmission of results, Yakubu quoted Section 64 of the Electoral Act, saying electronic transmission of results would only be done in the event of a dispute during the course of collation.

He said there was need to clear the misconception around e-transmission of results, saying many Nigerians equate it with electronic voting where voting can take place from any location.

A brief contained in the implementation procedure for electronic transmission of results given to journalists at the parley said the presiding officer is expected to transmit a clear image of form EC8A (result sheets) for purpose of collation which goes to the INEC Results Viewing Portal.

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Anyim: It Will Only Take Me 6 Months To Fix Nigeria

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Anyim: It Will Only Take Me 6 Months To Fix Nigeria

Presidential hopeful, Anyim Pius Anyim has expressed confidence that within a period of six months, he will fix Nigeria if elected as the number one citizen of the country.

During a courtesy visit to a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, in the state, Anyim, a former Senate President pledged to stabilise the country within the stipulated period, and prepare it for growth.

I promise that within the first six months of my administration, I will stabilise this country and prepare it for growth, peace, and prosperity,” he told Lamido.

We must agree on the things that divide us. We must come to terms with what works for us. I will provide the platform to midwife this consensus.

We will all work together to make Nigeria great again. I will provide that distinctive leadership that will build consensus across the country and reconciles Nigerians.”

Speaking earlier at the party secretariat to woo the delegates ahead of the primary, Anyim promised to make Jigawa an export hub of agricultural produce, even as he emphasised that Nigeria has a lot to learn from the state.

Jigawa State, besides agricultural produce, has a lot more to export to other parts of Nigeria. Jigawa is the only state in Nigeria where there is no insecurity and there is no threat of insecurity,” Anyim added.

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EXPLAINER: How Newly-signed 2022 Amended Electoral Act Affects Parties

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How Newly-signed 2022 Amended Electoral Act Affect Parties

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, May 21, 2022, signed into law the controversial 2022 Amended Electoral Act.

A member of the House of Representatives Emeka Chinedu representing Ahiazu/ Ezinihittee Mbaise federal constituency in the House of Representatives disclosed that the bill was signed today.

I can confirm to you that Mr. President signed the bill into law this afternoon and we are all happy about it as it will give us and other statutory delegates the power to vote at the primaries,” Chinedu said, adding that “the amendment was swiftly done by the national assembly members to legally provide a place in the Act for statutory delegates of political parties to vote during their congresses and conventions.“It will indeed do a lot of good for the upcoming party primaries.

What you should know about the 2022 Amended Electoral Act

The electoral act has been a bone of contention for a while as the House of Representatives, Senate, and other politicians were excluded from voting in their parties’ primaries by the 2022 electoral act.

Following the omission, both the Senate and House of Representatives last week convened emergency sessions where they amended the act to provide for statutory delegates to vote and be voted for in the forthcoming political parties’ primaries and conventions.

However, with few days left for the primaries to take place, politicians have been pressuring the president to sign it in order to avert a crisis. Newsrand, therefore, presents below how it affects political parties:

  • Section 29(1) also makes it a law for political parties to conduct their primaries and submit the list of candidates at least 180 days before the general elections. The list of candidates submitted must emerge from valid primaries conducted by the political party. 
  • According to Section 33 of the Bill, political parties are not allowed to change or substitute a candidate whose name has been submitted to the Commission. The only ground on which the Bill allows for such to happen is if the candidate dies.
  • In instances where such happens, Section 34 allows the political parties power to conduct a primary election to replace the deceased candidate who died during an election.

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PDP Outlines Those Permissible To Vote At The Primaries

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PDP Outlines Those Permissible To Vote At The Primaries

The People Democratic Party (PDP) has listed the eligible candidates allowed to vote in the primaries, which are expected to commence on the 22nd of May, 2022.

This was disclosed in a press release by the party via Twitter, titled; ‘Use Of Elected Delegates For The Primaries And National Convention.’

READ ALSO: 2023: Finally, PDP Shuns Zoning

The Press Release read; “By virtue of Section 84(8) of the Electoral Act, 2022, delegates to vote at the Indirect Primaries and National Convention of political parties to elect candidates for elections shall be those democratically elected for that purpose only.

“Consequently those qualified and eligible to vote as delegates in the forthcoming Primaries and National Convention of our great Party, the PDP are the three (3) AD-HOC Delegates per ward, elected at the Ward Congresses and one (1) National Delegate per Local Government, elected at the Local Government Area Congresses.

“Furthermore, the NWC wishes to inform our Party members that the State Houses of Assembly Primaries to elect our State House of Assembly candidates, earlier scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022, will now hold on Sunday, May 22, 2022, from 8:00 am to 12 noon; while the House of Representatives Primaries to elect our House of Representatives candidates will also hold on Sunday, May 22, 2022, from 2:00 pm.

All aspirants, critical stakeholders, leaders, and teeming members of our Party should please take note.

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