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We have accredited 229 groups bringing 146,913 observers to the 2023 general elections – INEC

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We have accredited 229 groups bringing 146,913 observers to the 2023 general elections - INEC

We have accredited 229 groups bringing 146,913 observers to the 2023 general elections – INEC

Addressing the observer groups on Tuesday in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said they comprised 196 domestic and 33 international observer groups.

“For the 2023 general elections beginning on Saturday with the presidential and National Assembly elections, the Commission has accredited 196 national or domestic groups that are collectively deploying 144,800 observers.

“Similarly, the Commission accredited 33 international organisations deploying 2,113 observers.

“In all, 229 groups are deploying 146,913 observers for the 2023 general elections.

“This is the largest deployment of domestic and international observers in the history of elections in Nigeria,’’ Yakubu said.

The INEC Chairman said that reports and recommendations of observers and the knowledge gathered from study tours had helped the electoral commission to progressively improve on processes.

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“The progressive improvement in our electoral democracy since 1999 draws in part from the reports of observers and study tours.

“That is why over the years, the Commission has sent open or specific invitations to national and international observers.

“The implication is that all accredited observers are guests of INEC,’’ Yakubu said.

He warned the accredited observers not to interfere with electoral process, but to keep to their roles of observing and later filing their reports.

“Today’s briefing for observers is in keeping with international good practice. I wish to remind observers that there is a Code of Conduct for election observation.

“You are by definition observers. Do not interfere with the process or show partisanship.

“International observers must be guided by the fact that the election is conducted by the Federal Republic of Nigeria whose sovereignty must be respected.

“I urge you all to keep to the rules,’’ he warned.

Responding, Regional Director, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Africa, Ms Clara Cole noted that election observation played critical role and had contributed to improving elections.

“Election observation exposes irregularities and provides recommendations for improvements of elections.

“Hence, this briefing session provides an opportunity for INEC to lay emphasis on procedures, guidelines and innovations for observers who are participating in this process,’’ Cole said.

She advised all international and national observers to adhere to the guidelines in carrying out their roles during the elections.

The regional director pledged the continued support of IFES for INEC to continue to meet its mandate to conduct free, credible and successful elections.

In his presentation, the Chief Technical Adviser to INEC Chairman, Prof. Bolade Eyinla said only holders of Permanent Voter Cards accredited by Bimodal Voter Accreditation System would be allowed to vote at the elections.

Eyinla added that the use of incidence form to authenticate voters, who had challenges with accreditation, as obtained in previous elections, had long been buried.

He advised observers to study the guidelines and follow them in their observation and report filing. 

We have accredited 229 groups bringing 146,913 observers to the 2023 general elections – INEC

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Adamawa LG poll: We’ll sweep all chairmanship positions, PDP vows

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Adamawa LG poll: We’ll sweep all chairmanship positions, PDP vows

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa has vowed to clinch all the chairmanship positions across the 21 Local Government Areas in the state.

Mr Tahir Shehu, state chairman of the party made the vow before newsmen in Yola.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Adamawa Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC), has scheduled July 13 for the conduct of the local government councils elections in the state.

Shehu said that the party was gender sensitive and had supporters at the grassroots and in the National Assembly.

“PDP is rooted in Adamawa, we have three senators, seven out of eight members of the House of Representatives and we are ruling the state for the second term.

“And also PDP is gender sensitive that is why our deputy governor is a female”, he said.

According to him, if women were entrusted they are honest and can deliver, and that i why they are the highest when it comes to vote.

He added that the present administration in the state was also providing dividends of democracy for all irrespective of political differences.

He further congratulated residents of the state and Nigerians at large for the 25 years of uninterrupted democracy.

He noted that within the last 25 years, Nigeria had recorded lots of development in the area of health, education, transportation and other infrastructural development among others.

Adamawa LG poll: We’ll sweep all chairmanship positions, PDP vows

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WIKE: SPECIAL GUEST AT APC SUPPORT GROUPS DEMOCRACY DAY ROUNDTABLE

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WIKE: SPECIAL GUEST AT APC SUPPORT GROUPS DEMOCRACY DAY ROUNDTABLE

The Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike is set to present a Roadmap to the actualization of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Democracy Day RoundTable of the APC Support Groups Leaders at Merit House, Abuja.

This is part of the activities marking the celebration of President Bola Tinubu’s one year in office by the Support and Volunteer Groups Unit of the APC Headquarters, in collaboration of with the Amalgamated APC Support Groups and the Progressive Support Groups Forum billed for June 12 in Abuja.

Mr Projects, as he is popularly called, the former Rivers State Governor will be the Special Guest of Honour and Lead Discussant at the Roundtable.

It is widely believed that Wike is the best performing Minister in the Tinubu’s Government, giving the landmark transformation and unprecedented facelift he has given the FCT in his 9 months as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

Wike will be expected to talk about security, infrastructures, sanitation, education and housing among other issues.

FCT residents, Civil Society, APC hierarchy, media and academia will form the major Participants at the event.

In a release signed by the Convenerof the Amalgamated APC Support Groups Think Tank and leader of the Progressive Support Groups Forum, Sir. Dr. AK Peters, His Excellency, the former Rivers State Governor is described as the beacon of the Renewed Hope that Tinubu promised to Nigeria. Wike is everywhere, doing everything to everybody, everytime.

Wike qualifies to be our SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR at the Roundtable, Peters Said with a sense of pride.

WIKE: SPECIAL GUEST AT APC SUPPORT GROUPS DEMOCRACY DAY ROUNDTABLE

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APC SUPPORT GROUPS RALLY ROUND PAUL CHUKWUMA

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APC SUPPORT GROUPS RALLY ROUND PAUL CHUKWUMA

The members of the APC Support Groups family have thrown their weight behind a Frontline pillar of the All Progressives Congress in Anambra State, Sir Paul Chukwuma in the build up to the race for the Anambra State governorship election.
The Convener of the Amalgamated APC Support Groups Think Tank and leader of the Progressive Support Groups Forum, Dr. AK Peters made this declaration in Abuja on the heels of the fake news of the purported arrest and detaintion of Sir Paul Chukwuma by the Independent Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission ICPC.
In a release signed by Dr. AK Peters and Ustaz Bashir Yahaya, the Secretary of the Think Tank on Friday, the APC Support Groups Leaders condemned the fear and sheer desperation of failed and expired politicians who see Paul Chukwuma as a major threat to their political future.
The release reads in parts, ” Anambra State needs to be rescued from the clutches of bad governance and misrule of APGA and Sir Paul Chukwuma is right man for the job”.

Peters further stated that Paul Chukwuma is a grassroot man, a loyal party man, a motivator of the youths, a philanthropist, mobilizer, and a good Christian who has the fear of God and built the structure of the APC in Anambra State.
He emphasized that those who have suddenly realized that they have failed the people in the past are resorting to campaign of calumny and spreading fake news to smear the good name and character of the APC hopeful for the Anambra State governorship election.

The APC Support Groups have decided to drum support for only true party members like Sir Paul Chukwuma, the Statement said.

He called on all party members to work for him as he is the only person that has all it takes to defeat APGA and enthrone APC in the state.

APC SUPPORT GROUPS RALLY ROUND PAUL CHUKWUMA

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