With two weeks to go until election day, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has challenged election officials at her office in the Federal Capital Territory to ensure a successful election. to be held of the local councils on 12 February. Yakubu made the remarks during a visit to election officials and other INEC staff at the INEC office in Abuja on Wednesday where they discussed the upcoming elections.
Yakubu said the INEC office in Abuja had no excuse to give to Nigerians if it failed to do so, as the commission’s headquarters had done everything possible for its district office to conduct the election. He expressed optimism that as there are qualified election officials at the INEC office of the district who have conducted elections in the past, they have no excuse to hold this local government election. He said, “We have drawn a line in the conduct of free and fair elections in Nigeria, so the Abuja district election will not fail there.
“Whatever the case, you will see more improvements in the conduct of the by-elections in the Federal Capital Territory.” Yakubu said as with the recent elections in Anambra and Delta states, INEC will use the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the Abuja elections. He said, “We will redesign the machine to suit every polling booth in Abuja from now until Friday. “We have enough staff, and we have trained them. We have enough technical support staff at the Registration Centers who will rush to the scene to rectify any technical issues encountered on election day.
“We have completed all the transportation arrangements so that they can travel on election day even if they are required to go to the polls. “As we have done in previous elections, we will publish the results of the local government elections online from the polling stations, and we will announce the winner not only for the local government but also for the councils.” He added that risky election materials were designed based on the number of parties that would run in the by-elections.
The commission chairman also said that there were 475 candidates in the by-elections of the 17 contesting parties seeking 68 seats. Earlier in his remarks, the Regional Electoral Commissioner (REC), Yahaya Bello, commended the President for the speed with which he released the funds needed to conduct the local government elections. Bello said that as of January 24, the total number of permanent voter cards (PVC) received in the district was 103,68 while 265,868 were not received.
He said ballot papers were currently being received at all INEC offices in the six Local Government Areas and at the agency’s headquarters in Area 10, adding that the collection would be suspended on February 4. The Commissioner of Elections stated that the total number of registered voters in the Abuja District of Abuja was 1,373,492. Bello said in the run-up to the elections, the commission has started training Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs), security personnel and others.
He added that in December 2021 the agency reopened the post to hire temporary staff, which closed on January 6, adding, -some where staff are needed, and now we are reviewing them. “Since the website was launched on December 6, we have been collecting applications from applicants for the position of Superintendent of Police (SPOs), Presiding Officer (PO) and Assistant Presiding Officer (APO). “After the website was shut down on January 7, we have successfully extracted the required number of SPOs, 285 out of 638 applicants.
“In the run-up to the by-elections in Abuja, various levels of funding have been distributed to election officials to hire vehicles, service generators and refuel, among others.” He said that as of January 25, more than 75 per cent of the non-voter voting materials had been delivered to the local councils, while voter education was ongoing. Bello said from now on the commission will focus on its strength by ensuring that the February elections are free, fair and credible. Later, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Yakubu, held a private meeting with officials of the commission at the Abuja District Office to further discuss the ongoing preparations.
The Federal Parliament has followed the Senate’s decision on a no confidence motion – INEC
The Federal Parliament on Tuesday approved the amendment to the Electoral Act, which is currently being amended. Initially, the Federal Parliament approved direct and indirect elections only by party members, with the exception of expelling a candidate by consensus, without holding a general election. The two houses of parliament have now agreed to a three-pronged approach to fielding candidates in the 2023 general election.
When the Federal Parliament reconvened on Tuesday, it held a special session, where Members of Parliament from Jigawa, Abubakar Fulata presented an excuse to approve Bill 82 (b), which gave the party the opportunity to see The right to field a candidate even if no election is held, provided that a compromise is reached to withdraw the other candidates. And so it was, and all the other members agreed.
Senate has further amended the Election Amendment Bill. In a dramatic and concise decision by the Senate on Tuesday, it re-enacted Article 84 of the Amendment Act. The amendment is such that if signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, it would allow political parties to follow their own procedures in the run-up to the by-elections. In a resolution to amend the election law signed by the Senate in 2021, it was stated that the run-off election of any party would be by-elections.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari did not approve of the resolution. That is why he returned to the legislature to amend it. While the Senate approves the direct or indirect election or nomination of a candidate on the basis of a formal agreement, the Federal Parliament does not approve the expulsion of a candidate by reaching an agreement to nominate one person without no consensus candidate. Earlier last week, the Senate approved an amendment to the Electoral Law as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari, before signing it. Amendments made by the Senate to the Election Amendment Bill: The legislature began urgent amendments to Resolution 87, which deals with the selection of candidates from each political party.
Each party is now allowed to nominate its candidates on the basis of a by-election, a by-election or a by-election. Initially, the Electoral Reform Bill allowed for direct elections, not for party delegates. This is a system that is taking place in this country, and attempts to overthrow it in the 2023 elections have failed, following the collapse of Buhari’s direct electoral system on the grounds that he would spend a lot of money on running it. Resolution 84 has been approved, which allows either the party to hold direct elections or a system of party delegates. Resolution 84 (2) also approves, which allows the party to hold by-elections by secret ballot, or to reach an agreement to nominate a non-elected candidate.
In the run-up to the presidential election, it was stipulated that a Party Campaign must be held in each of the 36 states and the Abuja FCT, in order for party representatives from the constituencies to cast their ballots. The resolution also calls for a general election, in which the candidate with the highest number of votes will be nominated. According to Premium Times Hausa, Senator Ahmad Lawal said, “We will amend the Electoral Reform Bill and send it back to Buhari to sign.” In a statement, Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan said the Senate and the House of Representatives would each meet to review the Electoral Amendment Bill on Wednesday, to remove disputed areas and send it back to the President.
Signed by Muhammadu Buhari. Lawan made the remarks on Tuesday night, during a press conference, following his private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Lawan said they would do so to allow other provisions of the law to be enacted into law, so as to reform the electoral system in 2023. President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to sign the resolution for various reasons. After much speculation, Buhari said he could make the resolutions legal, but only if the disputed areas were removed.
Lawan said, “If God wills, on Wednesday, January 18, the Federal Parliament and the Senate will each hold a meeting to amend the resolutions, so as to expedite the submission to the President for his signature. “It is a task that we can complete in one day and send it to him. But if the work is over today, we will send it to him by early next week. “I know they are going to make amends to allow each party to follow its own electoral system, which is one of the areas where Buhari does not want direct elections. -not stitched or stitched-stitched.