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INEC Positive On Diaspora Voting

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inec_ballot_boxThe Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured that it would redouble efforts to ensure Nigeria’s electoral system is more inclusive in order to accommodate voting by citizens in diaspora.

INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, who gave the assurance when Sudirman Haseng, Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, led a delegation to his office in Abuja, added that Nigeria had a lot to tap from Indonesia’s electoral experience.

Jega said: “In Nigeria, we are doing our best to open up our system for citizens in the diaspora to be able to vote.

“Unfortunately, there are presently legal inhibitions because our laws prohibit diaspora voting.

“But there is a provision in our law that requires every eligible person to cast ballot at the polling unit where he/she registered.

“The implication of the provision is that people in diaspora would have to come home to register and vote where they registered”.

The INEC chairman told the ambassador that the commission had made recommendations to amend the provision to the National Assembly.

He further stated that Nigeria was looking for the best model to adopt in terms of diaspora voting.

In his remarks, Haseng invited INEC to observe voting by Indonesians resident in Nigeria during their parliamentary elections slated for April 5 and 6.

“Voting will be conducted as part of the parliamentary elections on April 9 in mainland Indonesia”, he said.

According to the Ambassador, Indonesia had a population of 240 million people, out of which 180 million were eligible voters.

He, however, noted that diaspora voting was applicable only to the Jakarta constituency in the parliamentary election.

 

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

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This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

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He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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