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COVID-19: Ex-police Affairs minister advocates electronic voting to comply with social distancing protocol

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Former minister of police Affairs, Humphrey Abah has advocated for Electronic voting to take care of all the dangers associated with COVID-19 which is likely to be around mankind for a long time.
The urgent need to reform the Nigerian electoral system may have been re-echoed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the NCDC protocol of social distancing.
The former minister who spoke to the NationalUpdate in Abuja, said a new law that will help distance voters from themselves is now necessary.

According to him,”World over the dynamics in work place and human interface is changing rapidly so in anticipation of that I expect that we should be proactive in our enactment of laws for the society.” It is not to come up with one obnoxious rule, ‘the right of NCDC to test people compulsorily or to immunize people forcefully, or to force vaccine on people, for me that is completely obnoxious.”What I expect the national Assembly to do with foresight is to begin to now say we should reduce human interface at electoral times, introduce electronics voting who says it will not work?”He said Nigerians can do online banking, even in the villages because people have become more literate with technology.”We witnessed some of the schools in some cities in Nigeria during the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria engaging in virtual learning for their students.”So who says that we cannot do electronics voting? they should introduce it.He challenged the National Assembly to put parameters in place and make it compulsory for accreditation to be electronically done and compulsory for transmission of results to  a central cyber.
“Why can’t we create a central cyber for it. After all the Banks are effectively having a central data system for their customers.”Are the banks not running an integrated data system for their customers?  All the banks in Nigeria.”If someone should transfer money to you even though the accounts are in different banks, within five minutes the transaction is done.”Are the banks not running on those platforms why are we making it look like an impossible as if they are cast in stones?”Abah said the Nigerian problem is that they are principally dishonest especially in Government.”We cannot remain in the medieval level, we cannot continue with the excuse that our people are not literate enough..He said with electronics voting all the issue of number of registered voters becoming less than accredited voters will become a thing of the past.
“How can we continue to put our people in compartments of illiteracy, we cannot continue to push that. I believe that Nigerians are politically very literate particularly in the North.”It is in the north that somebody will tell you what Boris Johnson said, they will tell you what is happening, analyse correctly what is happening in the British parliament today.”The one they don’t know is what is happening in the national Assembly.”
“Let us even for reasons of COVID-19 revisit the electoral process so that by law we would have created the social distancing and giving people other options for voting instead of congregating people in one place where thugs can come and attack them.He observed that with electronics voting people will vote remotely in their houses it will be difficult thugs to attack them.”The IG does not need to draft 30, 000 policemen to any place because they are doing election it is a waste of resources.”All those resources we waste will be pruned down. The security can face their job of securing the territorial integrity of the nation, so that the army would be taken out of elections.
“The army has no business being on the streets for election because that is not their primary duty, that is not their first calling.
He said election duty is not even in the schedule of the armed forces saying that their participation in election is a wrong application of force.”So let us come up with revised laws, just like they went to copy that NCDC act they can copy from Ghana, they can copy from other places.According to him, the revised amendments that were done in the 8th National Assembly were fantastic adding that now that there is COVID-19, it is just to integrate some aspects that will ensure that COVID-19 issues are addressed.

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Secondus to APC: Fix the country rather than waste energy pestering Fani-Kayode, others to join your fold

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Ahead of 2023, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Uche Secondus, has challenged the All Progressives Congress, (APC) to face the task of fixing the broken economy and insecurity of the country rather than the current illegal hunt for its members.

He spoke during a meeting between former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, in Abuja.

In his words, “We advise our brothers on the other side, especially some of these governors and leaders of APC that they should face the business of governance.

“Jumping around and looking for critical stakeholders of our party to poach will not resolve the issue of security or economy.

“They are aware that security has broken down, the economy has broken down. They should face that business for which they were elected.

“Our brother is firm and a man of his word. There is no amount of trick that will make him sway otherwise. He is firm with PDP and we are back to business while we prepare for 2023.

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Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election to hold on 20th March, 2021, says INEC

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Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election to hold on 20th March, 2021, says INEC

By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday 20th March 2021 for the conduct of a bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti State.
The National Commissioner and Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye made this known in a press statement on Wednesday in Abuja
He said the vacancy arose as a result of the death of Hon. Adegbuyi Oluwajuwa Amos, member representing Ekiti East Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the Constituency by the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye.

He said met and deliberated on the conduct of Bye-election into the vacant seat of Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti State.

According to him, the official notification for the election will be published Wednesday 24th February 2021.

He said the Political Parties shall conduct their primaries between 26th February and 3rd March 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on the 8th March 2021.

“The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 26th February 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters.”

Okoye enjoined all political parties intending to field candidates to pay close attention to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities and to conduct transparent and valid party primaries that meet the provisions of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).

The Commissioner urged Political parties to note that under section 31(8) of the Electoral Act, a political party which presents to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500,000.00.

The detailed Timetable and Schedule of activities he said has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

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Group condemns incitive utterances, pledges support to gov Sule

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Political group referred to as Lafia Progressive Forum has condemned utterances its described as inciting and unguarded made by one Mohammadu Barde against governor Abdullahi Sule’s appointment.

Dahiru Musa, the chairman of the group at a press briefing on Wednesday in Lafia said the utterances and claim of Mr. Bards is disturbing and unfortunate and does not represent the voice of the people of Lafia local government.

“The group stated that the entire content of the utterances are figment of his wild imagination. It is meant to gain cheap popularity, we therefore distant ourselves from everything contained in the utterances.

“The good people of Lafia local government highly appreciate the generosity of governor Sule led administration, fair distribution of appointment and developmental projects across all local governments”, Dahiru said.

The group called on people in the local government to ignore any video on social media inciting the public against governor Abdullahi Sule who has been fair to all the local governments in terms of appointments and developments.

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