INEC has re-configured 95% of smart card readers-Chairman

The Independent National Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it has achieved 95 per cent configuration of the Smart Card Readers to be deployed for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday.

Briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja on the commission’s preparations for the postponed national elections, Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, promised that the configuration of the card readers would be completed on Wednesday.

INEC backs down on campaign ban

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lifted the ban on electoral campaigns. In a statement issued on Monday after a meeting, the commission reviewed its earlier position and lifted the ban.

In a statement signed by National Commissioner Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, the Commission allowed for campaigns to resume immediately and terminate at midnight on Thursday.

The statement reads:

Buhari urges vigilance on the part of APC agents

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday challenged agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the forthcoming polls to be vigilant and watch out for the party’s interests at the polling units during the forthcoming general elections.

The president gave the charge at the opening of the ongoing emergency caucus meeting of the APC in Abuja on Monday.

INEC meets on elections campaign

Following the opposition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) ban on electioneering during the one week extension of poll, the commission will meet today to review the restriction.

INEC, according to its national chairman’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, would meet to review its position and decide whether or not to reopen campaigns.

The two leading parties have argued that the commission’s restriction has no basis in law.

PDP says INEC cannot stop campaigns

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the administrative prohibition of the resumption of political campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) contravened the Electoral Law.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja.

It would be recalled that INEC had on Saturday shifted the dates for the General Elections a few hours to the opening of polling units across the country, attributing the development to logistical challenges.

IPAC urges Nigerians to support INEC

The Lagos Chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has appealed to Nigerians to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in order to deliver credible elections.

The state Chairman of the council, Malam Shakirudeen Olofin, made the call on Saturday in Lagos, while reacting to the rescheduling of the Presidential, National Assembly, governorship and FCT area council polls by the electoral umpire.

INEC postpones 2019 elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission has decided to shift Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections till next week 23 February.

The governorship and house of assembly, FCT area council elections have also been shifted from 2 March to 9 March.

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu confirmed NAN report of the shift of the presidential election, attributing the postponement of all the scheduled elections to logistic and operational problems.

INEC extends deadline for PVC collection to Monday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to Monday.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Friday in Abuja.

Yakubu said that the decision was based on the demands by Nigerians.

”In the last couple of days, we have been inundated by calls from Nigerians to review the current process of collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards. In response, the Commission has taken the following decisions: