February 4, 2023

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Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa governorship polls to carry November 11, 2023 – INEC


The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has introduced Saturday eleventh November 2023 because the date for the three governorship elections in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa states. 

The fee additionally mentioned the ultimate record of candidates could be revealed on ninth June 2023 whereas marketing campaign by political events commences 14th June 2023 and ends midnight of ninth November 2023.

A press release Tuesday by the fee’s spokesman, Barrister Festus Okoye, mentioned the timetable and schedule of actions for the Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states’ governorship elections have been authorized in accordance with the extant legal guidelines.

The assertion learn: “At its weekly assembly held at this time Tuesday twenty second October 2022, the Fee authorized the Timetable and Schedule of Actions for the Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states’ governorship elections.

“This choice is in success of the requirement of Part 28(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 which mandates the Fee to publish the Discover of Election not later than 360 days earlier than the date mounted for the elections. Equally, Sections 178(1) and (2) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 mandates the Fee to conduct such elections not sooner than 150 days and never later than 30 days earlier than the expiration of the time period of the final holder of the workplace.

“The tenure of the incumbent Governor of Imo State ends on 14th January 2024 whereas these of Kogi and Beyelsa States finish on twenty sixth January 2024 and thirteenth February 2024 respectively.

“Accordingly, the fee has determined to conduct the three elections on Saturday eleventh November 2023.

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“The statutory discover for the elections will likely be revealed within the three States on 14th November 2022. Occasion primaries will likely be held from twenty seventh March to seventeenth April 2023 whereas the web portal for the submission of nomination types (EC9 and EC9B) by political events opens at 9.00am on twenty fourth April 2023 and closes at 6.00pm on fifth Could 2023. 

“The ultimate record of candidates will likely be revealed on ninth June 2023 whereas marketing campaign by political events commences on 14th June 2023 and ends at midnight on ninth November 2023.

“The complete timetable and schedule of actions has been uploaded to the fee’s web site and social media platforms.”

CSO urges Buhari on ‘plot’ to take away Yakubu

And forward of the 2023 normal election, a Civil Society Organisations – Companions for Electoral Reform (PER) – has requested President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently arrange a crew to analyze alleged plot by some politicians to droop the usage of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and take away the INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

The election monitoring physique mentioned the transfer grew to become needed towards the backdrop of the promise made by the president at a global stage lately that he’ll guarantee a free and truthful election in 2023 elections.

The decision for investigation is approaching the heel of the current revelation by the Coalition of United Political Events (CUPP) that some politicians not snug with the event within the course of resulting in the forthcoming elections have been secretly working to frustrate it.

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Addressing a press convention Tuesday in Abuja, chief of the group, Enzenwa Nwagwu, alleged politicians, in collusion with even some components inside INEC and the safety brokers, have been behind the plot to scuttle the reforms already put in place by the present management of the electoral umpire.

Nwagwu mentioned: “If the residents are usually not cautious our funding in consolidating this democracy will be reversed. And that for me is the massive problem for 2023. The threats of reversal of all of the beneficial properties, incremental beneficial properties that we have now made to revive energy again to the residents of the nation, by the polling items.

“I believe that the currents INEC management has, for me, put in place, a legacy that you could’t erase, within the sense that it has performed itself fully out of any relevance in figuring out who wins elections. It has efficiently restored energy again to the folks. Energy to elect has returned again to the polling items.

“However that has triggered a variety of response from politicians who’re fully absent in any dialog about reforms. What which means is that there appears to be a highlight on digital transmission of outcomes. There appears to be a variety of pursuits across the BVAS and these are the sport changers for 2023. 

“The President and Commander in Chief has already mentioned that he’s going to depart a legacy of electoral integrity. If a congress of political events make an allegation. I count on that the President ought to fee an investigation into these allegations. And make the outcomes public.

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“So it’s calling on the President to rein within the safety companies  to align them along with his imaginative and prescient of a legacy of electoral integrity. He, himself being a beneficiary of that. He was a beneficiary of that. 

“From 2007 when President Ya’Adua mentioned the election that introduced him to energy was flawed, we began making an ungainly journey of progress in our electoral cycle. 

“We’re seeing actual manifest vicious assaults on these progress that we have now made and we can not hold quiet. The form of respiration on INEC has by no means occurred earlier than. That is the INEC chairman that has been taken to the Code of Conduct that has been invited to this or that. All of that’s meant to harass them (INEC). In Imo state, INEC officers are being harassed, detained, despatched to jail.”

Whereas calling on Nigerians to talk out towards these plotting to reverse all of the beneficial properties made by the INEC, Nwagwu mentioned: “Nigerians have a duty to guard an establishments which have proven that they’ve capability to ensure free, truthful, credible elections. And that’s the reason I began by the truth that we have now a duty to know that the Mahmoud’s Fee has given Nigerians energy and it’s our duty to guard that energy that has been given to us.”