INEC To Implement Recommendations Of EU Election Observer Group

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has promised to ensure the implementation recommendations by the European Union Election Observation Mission on the 2019 general elections.

Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu gave this assurance on Friday after a meeting with the EU officials in Abuja.

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He thanked them for their support, noting that the EU has been part of Nigerias progress towards democratic consolidation since 1999.

Meanwhile, the group says it has compiled its report and findings on the general election and will present it to the commission later today.

2019 Elections: Jibrilla Warns Against Vote buying, Other Offences

INEC Fixes Date For Anambra Central Senatorial Re-run Election

 

The Governor of Adamawa State, Mohammed Jibrilla, has warned against vote buying and other electoral malpractices ahead of the 2019 general election.

Speaking at the inauguration of the presidential campaign committee in the state on Saturday, the governor appealed to politicians not to see elections as a do or die affair.

He also warned them against inducing young people with money and other promises, to commit electoral offences including.

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Nigerians Deserve More Than ‘Weak Leadership’ – Sowore

 

Omoyele Sowore, the founder of online news platform – Sahara Reporters, who is also a presidential aspirant in the 2019 general elections, has spoken of his plans to redeem Nigeria from what he describes as “weak leadership”.

Fielded questions from the audience during a town hall meeting with some members of the Nigerian community in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday, he said Nigerians deserve much more than what the current leadership is giving.

“What we are promising now will be the same things we are doing now and we will even do more because Nigerians deserve a lot more than they are getting from this weak leadership that has been running the country for 58 years,” he said.

He also believes that beyond foreign investments, many Nigerians abroad will return in droves once infrastructure, especially power is fixed.

Addressing the issue of poor leadership, he said he had the right to call out any leader who was underperforming.

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According to him, Nigerians ought not to be afraid to call out those who have mismanaged the country.

He said, “I have a right to maintain an opinion and also if my country has been mismanaged, to call out people who have mismanaged it.

“That is not immaturity; it is a matter of fact that I’m speaking the truth to those who have been in power and that for us not to be afraid to say things in their face even when they don’t like it.

“What is immaturity is governing the country the wrong way, even though you might be an old person”.

Watch this earlier interview of Sowore below, explaining how he plans to win the 2019 elections.

There Will Be No Electronic Voting In 2019 – INEC

2019: INEC Will Never Yield To Pressure, Says Mahmood Yakubu
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu

 

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has said that there will be no use of the electronic voting system in the 2019 general elections.

Professor Yakubu said this on Friday while addressing participants at the International Press Institute world conference which took place in Abuja.

“There is no electronic balloting in 2019. In other words, there will be no electronic voting in the next general election but technology is already being used in many aspects of the processes.

“Electronic voting should be the ultimate step in the chain involving five inter-related processes,” he said.

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The occasion also saw the adoption of the revised 2018 edition of the Nigerian Media Code of election coverage by media stakeholders across the country, with the European Union pledging to support free, fair and transparent elections in Nigeria.

#NotTooYoungTooRun: Postpone Your Campaigns Till After 2019, Buhari Jokes With Youths

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the youths not to eye his seat in the coming 2019 general elections.

The President made the appeal on a light note while signing the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill at the Aso Rock Council Chamber, Abuja on Thursday.

While he congratulated the youths on the feat, which he described as a “formidable legacy”, he told them to postpone their ambitions till after 2019.

He said, “I am confident each one of you will transform Nigeria in your own way – whether through media, agricultural enterprise, economists, engineers, or as lawmakers in your States or at Federal levels, or as State Governors – and even someday, as President. Why not?

“But please, can I ask you to postpone your campaigns till after the 2019 elections”.

He, however, urged the youths not to relent in their efforts to impact the nation in whatever way possible.

According to him, the signing of the bill is only a starting point which presents them with an opportunity to make their marks on the nation’s political space.

“You may all know that the Bill I just assented now becomes an Act of the National Assembly.

“Thus, it may be tempting for you to think of this as the end of the journey. However, it is only the beginning; there is still a lot of work ahead, towards ensuring that young people take full advantage of the opportunities provided not only by this constitutional amendment but also through Nigeria’s boundless prospects,” he said.

With the passage of the new bill, the age limit for running for Presidency will now be reduced from 40-35 and 30-25 for the House of Representatives as well as the State Houses of Assembly.

The age limits for Senators and Governors were, however, not reduced – a development which the president says would have to be addressed in the future.

He said, “Eligible age for aspirants for members of the State Houses of Assembly will be reduced from 30 to 25 years; eligible age for aspirants for members of the Federal House of Representatives will be reduced from 30 to 25 years; and eligible age for aspirants for Office of the President, will be lowered from 40 to 35 years.

“Surprisingly, the age limits for Senators and Governors was not reduced, as originally proposed by the sponsors of this Bill. This is an issue that may need to be addressed going forward”.

Read Full Speech Here

Jega Warns Of Dangers Ahead Of 2019 Elections

Professor Attahiru Jega delivering a democracy day lecture in Abuja.

 

The former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has advised political parties to improve their structure and scope of internal democracy ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Recalling the recent violence witnessed during various congresses in the country, the former INEC chairman said danger may be inevitable if parties are unable to properly manage their internal affairs.

He said this while delivering a lecture on Monday in Abuja as part of the 2018 Democracy Day celebration.

“The first issue of concern and a major challenge is the issue of violence and there is no better illustration this than what has happened in many of the recent party congresses and really, this portends danger.

“If political parties cannot organize their internal elections peacefully, then how can they engage with other parties with civility in the general elections so its very very important we improve our systemic mechanisms of addressing violence and conflicts relating to election and in particular, improving the scope of internal democracy within political parties.

“We may be running out of time but we must try harder and do everything possible within the time available to us before the next general election,” he said.

Also in the lecture titled Peace Building and Good Governance for Sustainable Development in Nigeria, Jega said cases of hate speeches and delay in the passage of the electoral legal framework are capable of eroding credibility and threatening the elections next year.

The former INEC chairman also took a swipe at some members of the National Assembly while addressing the issue of bribery and corruption.

“Many of the chief executives that I have spoken with (and I know only a few), have stories to tell, particularly about the issue of bribe giving and bribe taking when members of the National Assembly pursue so-called committee work and oversight responsibilities.

“This is well-known, everyone knows it, it is being said but nothing seems to be done about it,” he said.

Also present at the event was President Muhammadu Buhari who assured Nigerians of a more secure and prosperous nation.

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President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Reps Yakubu Dogara; Minister of Mines and Steel, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Minister of Communications, Otunba Adebayo Shittu, APC Chieftain, General Lawrence Onoja, SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha among others, were also in attendance.