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INEC Wants Records Of Deceased Nigerians From NPC



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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Friday urged the National Population Commission (NPC) to periodically furnish it with the data of deceased Nigerians to further enhance the credibility of the nation’s register of voters.

Yakubu made the request when he received the Chairman NPC, Alhaji Isa Kwarra, who paid him a courtesy visit at INEC headquarters in Abuja on Friday.

He said that the commission needed the data to remove names of dead persons from the voter register.
Yakubu said that INEC had the largest biometric register of Nigerians, with photographs and fingerprint information for voter authentication.

He said that in order to make the voters’ register more robust, INEC had been periodically cleaning it up by removing ineligible persons or multiple registrants from it using a combination of technology.

“At present, technology cannot help us to identify and remove dead persons from the voters’ register.

“Therefore, I wish to once more appeal to the chairman of the NPC, in your capacity as the registrar of births and deaths in Nigeria, to periodically avail us of the data of deceased Nigerians.

“This is important so that we can use the official information from your commission to further clean up the voters’ register.

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“Perhaps you may wish to start by availing us with the list of prominent Nigerians who have passed on, civil and public servants compiled from the official records of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies and other Nigerians from hospital and funeral records across the country,” Yakubu said.

He said that doing this may be a herculean task, but INEC was confident that NPC had the capacity to do so.
Yakubu said that over the years, the two commissions had been collaborating in carrying out their statutory duties and would continue to explore more areas of cooperation to serve Nigerians better.

He said that INEC had the statutory responsibility in organising elections, reviewing the division of the states of the federation into senatorial districts, federal and state constituencies as well as wards in the area councils of the Federal Capital Territory.

Yakubu stated that over the years, the two commissions had embarked on one of the most imaginative and extensive inter-agency collaborations in Nigeria, in the area of delimitation of boundaries of electoral constituencies.

He said also that over the years, officials of the two commissions undertook a joint project to demarcate the boundaries of INEC’s Registration Areas (RAs)/Wards with NPC’s Enumeration Areas (EAs), the initiative known as the RA/EAD Project.

The INEC boss said that the idea was to enable the commission to easily delimit and periodically review electoral constituencies based on NPC’s figures whenever there was a new population census, saying this could not be achieved without accurate population data.

“This is partly why no constituencies have been delimited in Nigeria since the last exercise was carried out 25 years ago in 1996 by the defunct National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON).

“Working together with the Population Commission, we are determined to make a difference this time around, just as we solved the problem of voter access to Polling Units in Nigeria.

“We have already prepared and produced a discussion paper on electoral constituencies in Nigeria looking at the issues more broadly, including the imperative of a new population census.

“We will share copies of the paper with the NPC at this meeting.

“So far, within the framework of the RA/EAD project, we have jointly covered 261 LGAs nationwide.

“I am aware that NPC has covered more LGAs. Going forward, we are finalising a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will be signed very soon.

“In the MoU, we have more clearly defined the scope and duration of our collaboration as well as the responsibilities of the two commissions,” he said.

Yakubu assured Nigerians that INEC and the NPC would continue to strengthen their existing collaboration to work for Nigeria and Nigerians.

Earlier, Kwarra said the NPC management was at INEC to further enhance the existing collaboration between the two commissions.

He said while NPC had not conducted population census over the last 16 years, the commission was preparing towards conducting it in 2022, subject to the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We have been working towards realising this objectives by delimitating the entire land mass of the country; we started in 2014 we are hopeful that by the end of October, we will complete the demarcation in all the 774 local governments in the 36 states and the FCT,” he said.

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Kwarra added that the commission has also established a national frame for census as well continuously updating the death and birth registration.

He said that while NPC has had successful collaborations with INEC, it would continue in that regard to deepen the country’s democracy and development.

In company of the NPC chairman were commissioners, directors and other management team of the commission. (NAN)


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Saraki Joins Presidential Race



Saraki Joins Presidential Race

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday declared his interest in the 2023 presidency.

Saraki’s declaration is coming after former National Leader of the All Progressives Congress Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi; Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu and former Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha declared similar interests.

The former Kwara Governor said he had a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.

Saraki, born on December 19th, 1962, is the son of Second Republic Senator, the late Olusola Saraki.

He was first elected into the Senate in 2011 and emerged Senate President in 2015.

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On his official Facebook page, Saraki said: “Earlier, I replied to a follower of mine on Twitter who like thousands of you has been clamouring for a united front to #RescueNigeria.

“As we prepare for the journey ahead, I hope we can all join hands to get the ticket of our great party, PDP, and build a nation that works for all of us.

“Join me to make our communities safer and provide real opportunities for you and your families. I have a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.

“Let’s build a new Nigeria that works for EVERYONE!”


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Adebayo Sues For Peace In Ekiti APC Primary



Adebayo Sues For Peace In Ekiti APC Primary

As the All progressives Congress (APC) members in Ekiti State go to polls on Thursday to elect their gubernatorial candidate in the June 2022 election, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo has called for a rancour-free election.

In a statement on Wednesday by Special Assistant on Media, Ifedayo Sayo, the minister sued for peace amongst party members, urging them to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.

According to him, the primary is a family affair and nobody must stand in the way of the party in ensuring that the election is hitch-free and peaceful.

He also called on the party leadership to ensure a level-playing ground for all the aspirants, saying equal treatment for the aspirants would make reconciliation easy at the end of the election.

The former governor admonished the aspirants not to see the election as a do-or-die affair, pointing out that they must put the interest of the party above other interests.

He called on the aspirants to accept the outcome of the primary in good faith and resist the temptation of being used against the party in the coming elections.

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The minister said as a leader, he would queue behind the majority decision in the primary to ensure the unity and oneness of the party.

The minister lauded the performance of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led government which has raised the bar of governance and made the party the toast of the good people of the state.

He assured that whoever emerged from the primary would continue the good work of the APC administration if elected in the June governorship election.


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Posters Urging Jonathan To Run For President In Lagos, Abuja



Posters Urging Jonathan To Run For President In Lagos, Abuja

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former President Goodluck Jonathan is apparently still under pressure to run for the number one office in the country.

Currently, there are posters in some parts of Lagos State and Abuja urging him to contest for the presidency.

According to the information on the posters, which have the inscription, “Please Run, Nigerians Are Calling Again”, a group known as Greater Nigeria Ambassadors (GRENA), are behind them.

Although Jonathan is yet to throw his hat into the ring, there are reports that he is being considered by a section of the presidency and some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the presidential ticket of the party come 2023.

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The former president has been very frequent at the seat of power, hobnobbing with his successor.

This has created anxiety in the ruling party, which has other presidential aspirants from the South, should APC decide to zone its presidential ticket to the region.

Last year, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that the APC was wooing Jonathan but the APC responded saying he was free to contest on its platform.

Jonathan has been absent from key PDP functions of late. He did not attend the party’s convention, which held late last year.



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