Criminalise vote-buying to prevent recurrence in Osun election, says Okei-Odumakin
Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of WA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos that the act of vote-buying would further subject the nation to ridicule, locally and internationally.
Cash-for-votes and the stain on our elections
It is the tradition among our politicians that the loser must contest the victory of his opponent in every election. We tend to see such people as bad losers given to sulking and whining.
INEC announce extension for PVC registeration
The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Thursday announced extension for the ongoing permanent voters card registration and collection. INEC made the announcement in a statement signed by its national commissioner on information and voter education, Mallam Mohammed Haruna. He said the registration for PVC which was held from 9am and 3pm will now hold between 9am…
PDP alleges N242b election budget plot to frustrate 2019 polls
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to the National Assembly to vire N242 billion already approved for other projects in the 2018 budget to finance the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other agencies was a plot to frustrate the 2019 general elections.
Group seeks legislation to stop vote buying, INEC to conduct four bye-elections
A Non-Governmental Organisation, United Global Resolve For Peace (UGRFP), has implored the National Assembly to make laws to stop vote buying during election.Executive Director, Olaseni Shalom made the call in a statement yesterday in Abuja.
Fayemi receives certificate of return, pledges not to fail electorate
The governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).He promised not to disappoint the people of the state who gave him the governorship mandate.
Buhari demands N242b for 2019 elections
“The aggregate cost of the 2019 elections is estimated at N242,445,322,600.00, but only N164,104,792,065.00 will be spent for urgent needs of the polls because of funds constraints,’’ President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed yesterday.
Ekiti Poll: Yoruba group, SERAP flay ‘see and buy’ voting
A group, the Yoruba Leadership and Peace Initiative (TYLPI) has condemned the act of open votes buying, which characterised the last Saturday’s governorship election. The group said in a statement that the electoral crime was both a national and international shame and the very peak of corruption. It expressed concern at the action, especially as…
Voter inducement as flipside of security vote regime
Vote vending or buying has gradually become a part of Nigeria’s electoral system. Despite lofty claims by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that it has found the antidote to balloting malfeasance through enhanced card readers, the recent Ekiti State gubernatorial poll put politicians ahead of it in terms of rigging dynamics. Whether the electoral…
The signal from Ekiti
Apparently not many people believed that despite Governor Ayodele Fayose’s theatrics and scare mongering, the Ekiti Governorship election would pass off peacefully and, if one may add, successfully. The build-up to the election was characterised by high drama, fear, anxiety and unprecedented tension. The governor-turned pastor, apart from his vigorous campaign and numerous prayer sessions…
Observer groups reject Ekiti election results
A coalition of observer groups and civil society organisations have rejected the outcome of Saturday’s Ekiti State governorship election.