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INEC Suspends Physical Registration Of Voters In Anambra

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended physical registration of voters in Anambra, though online pre-registration of voters in the state would still continue.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at the commission’s 3rd quarterly meeting with leaders of political parties on Monday, in Abuja.

He said that the decision was to enable the commission to prepare for the state governorship election scheduled for Nov. 6.

This is just as he disclosed that 717, 947 Nigerians had so far participated in the nationwide physical registration at INEC state and local government offices, beginning from July 26.

“Today, it is exactly two months (or 60 days) to the election. As you are aware, the commission devolved the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to the 326 Registration Areas, in addition to the 21 Local Government offices and the State office of the Commission.

“The physical exercise was suspended yesterday, i.e. 60 days to the election, as required by Section 9 (5) of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended.

“However, the online pre-registration option will continue to be available, but no appointment for completion of registration can be scheduled until after the election.

“The commission will use the next few weeks to compile the register of voters for claims and objections, clean up the data, print the PVCs for collection by registrants and compile the register for each of the 5,720 polling units in the state”, he said.

Yakubu assured that every newly registered voter in the state, including those who applied to transfer from within and outside the state, or for the replacement of damaged or lost Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), would have their cards printed and made available to them before the election.

He said each political party fielding candidates in the election would be given a copy of the voters’ register on Oct. 7.

On the weekly updates for week 11 of the nationwide CVR, Yakubu said as at 7am on Monday, Sept. 6, a total of 2,729,819 fresh voters had completed their pre-registration online.

On the nationwide physical registration at INEC state and local government offices, which began on July 26, Yakubu said so far 717,947 Nigerians had completed their registration at the designated centres.

“With the benefit of technology, we have also been providing detailed information on the cumulative distribution of registered voters by age, occupation, gender and disability on weekly basis.

“By doing so, we hope leaders of political parties will use the information in articulating their manifestos and planning their campaigns to target the concerns of specific categories of citizens.

“For instance, in terms of age, young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 34 constitute 65 per cent of new registrants and 72 per cent of completed registrations so far.

“In terms of occupation, students constitute 32 per cent of the new registrants and 42 per cent of completed registrations and remain the largest category since the exercise began 11 weeks ago.”

Yakubu said that the latest detailed statistics had been uploaded on the commission’s website and social media platforms, adding that as the commission continued working on the register of voters, it had also been innovating on how to strengthen the credibility of voter accreditation and result management during elections in Nigeria.

He described the introduction of the machine-readable PVC, combined with the Smart Card Reader (SCR), as well as the uploading of polling unit results in real-time on election day, as important innovations.

“The reality is that technology always advances with the passage of time.

“Consequently, the commission must keep pace with the ever-changing world of global information and communication technology. We are at one such crossroad at the moment”, he added.

The INEC Chairman also disclosed that the commission had now introduced a Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for voter verification on election day, in reaction to calls by stakeholders for INEC to strengthen the voter accreditation process during elections.

He said this was especially with reference to the use of incident form, where the SCR fails to authenticate the fingerprints of a voter, stressing that such concern was legitimate given the fact that the SCR successfully verifies any card that belongs to the polling unit for which it was configured, irrespective of who presented it.

Yakubu recalled that their apprehension was that by using the incident form to cover those whose fingerprints were not authenticated by the SCR, a voter may be able to use another person’s PVC to vote during an election.

“To address this concern, the commission attempted to introduce the facial biometric authentication during accreditation of the voters using the Z-Pad tablet to complement the fingerprint process, through the card reader, before the Edo Governorship election in September 2020.

“However, the commission was not entirely satisfied with the pilot held in the Nasarawa Central state constituency bye-election a month earlier in August 2020.

“We, therefore, suspended the idea to enable us to do some more work. Over the last one year, we reviewed the situation and we think we have found the appropriate technology to address it.

“The Z-pad was, therefore, only used to upload Polling Unit results to the IReV portal during elections, the functionality of the Z-pad has now been integrated into the IVED currently used for voter registration.

”On election day, the same device will be used for the BVAS for fingerprint authentication during accreditation and where it fails for facial authentication of the BVAS.

“We believe that this multi-layer process will eliminate the possibility of voting by identity theft, using another person’s PVC.

“Where the voter fails both the fingerprint and facial authentication, he/she will not be allowed to vote. In other words, no electronic authentication, no voting”, he said

Yakubu explained that the commission was convinced that the new machine was robust enough to further guarantee the credibility of voter authentication and transparent management of results during elections.

“Accordingly, the Commission intends to carry out a pilot exercise, using the new device in Delta State at the Isoko South 1 State assembly constituency bye-election holding on Saturday, Sept. 11.

“The BVAS will now perform the functions of both the SCR and Z-Pad in the bye-election. Thereafter, it will be deployed in the Anambra Governorship election in November” he explained.

Crystal News learnt that there was a presentation of the new device and a practical demonstration of its functions to the political parties at the meeting.

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APC Set Date To Hold State Congress

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has scheduled its State Congresses for October 2.

Senator John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Akpanudoedehe said that the party will begin sales of forms for the congresses on Wednesday, September 15.

The APC held its nationwide local government congresses on September 4 to elect officials at that level.

The party’s leadership had called on members that maybe aggrieved following the overcome of the congresses to channel their complaints about redress through constituted channels.

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NASS To Sustain Synergy With Executive, Judiciary — Orji Kalu

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NASS To Sustain Synergy With Executive, Judiciary — Orji Kalu

Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu, on Tuesday in Abuja stated that the National Assembly (NASS) would sustain its cooperation with the executive and judiciary in order to entrench good governance.

Kalu told journalists that a robust synergy at the highest level of governance was critical in solving many problems facing the country.

While urging Nigerians to erase the perception that the 9th Senate is a rubber stamp, the former governor of Abia pointed out that there was no need to fight with other arms of government.

“The Senate is not a rubber stamp, it is just that we have done things differently.

“There are many things the Presidency has sent to the senate that we rejected and we reject it at the level of leadership and send it back to him.

“There is no need to fight with the President because our job is to complement the efforts of the executive,  to give them the chance to give Nigerians good governance.

“Our duty is not to fight, but if we want to fight, we join the Nigerian Army and carry the gun to fight.

“So, our duty is to make laws and ensure we stabilize the polity by ensuring there is a good relationship between the judiciary, executive and the legislature.

“ The Senate has been very successful in bringing the budget before December each year, this is the job of the legislature.

“We don’t want to enter into unnecessary controversies with the executive.

“We have fought many times with the executive, but quietly. People can call us any name, but I can speak out my mind to say we are not rubberstamped,’’ he stressed.

Kalu further said that achievements so far recorded by the senate was made possible due to the level of cooperation among the lawmakers, noting that there is no crisis in the senate.

According to him, in every 100, there must be people who are not happy, but we have no crisis in the senate.

“I have never been in the senate before but this senate is very cooperative and we are one family.

“Since I joined politics, I have never seen a family like a senate.

“The senate is one united family and I can testify to that.

“When I had my problem in the prison, a lot of my colleagues including the senate leadership showed a lot of compassion towards me.

“Every other senator tried, but Senators Sani Musa, Kashim Shettima and Ibikunle Amosun were exceptional.

“I am not talking about the Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan now, because that one is like my brother. So, the senate remains one united family, Kalu emphasized.

While pledging his continued support to the leadership of the senate, Kalu said that Lawan is very strong and forthright in handling the senate.

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Construction Giant Hakeem Alobo-Bakare Matches Towards 2023

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Construction Giant Hakeem Alobo-Bakare Matches Towards 2023-Crystal News

After receiving blessings of many top political leaders as well as those that matter in the scheme of things across Lagos Central Senatorial District,  Property construction giant and Chairman of DHB Group Limited,  Hakeem Alobo-Bakare has begun his journey towards  2023 senatorial race as he launched his inauguration meeting in Lagos.

The highly brainy man is no stranger in the Lagos political turf,  he has been in its trenches for decades.

He was a governorship aspirant of All Progressives Congress, APC in the 2015 elections that eventually produced Akinwunmi Ambode.

However, he remained relevant in the scheme of things in the state.

As gathered his ambition is buoyed by his unprecedented contributions to the growth of his constituency that has wormed him into the hearts of the people.

Construction Giant Hakeem Alobo-Bakare Matches Towards 2023-Crystal News

Construction Giant Hakeem Alobo-Bakare Matches Towards 2023-Crystal News

He also has a solid political structure, unmatched clout as well as untainted integrity.

For many years Alobo-Bakare has become a reference point in the nation’s Properties Construction sector.  This is not a mean feat, as those close to him attribute it to his relentless efforts as well as personal strength built through struggle, tenacity, resilience, unbending determination, focus and business acumen.

The 63 years old business guru has channeled his experiences and personally touching the lives of countless others who have had to confront their own challenges.

The businessman towers above many of his contemporaries, particularly because he has been in a warm embrace of fame for many decades.

The Business Administration graduate from the University of Lagos, Akoka is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria.

Unlike many politicians with no ‘second address’, the Lagos State-born magnate is into business full time while moonlighting as a politician, albeit ready to serve.

After a stint with the Central Bank of Nigeria,  the brave and courageous man took a plunge into the stormy and highly capital intensive construction industry with his company, DHB Construction Limited.  Since then Alobo-Bakare has continued to make indelible marks in the field.

Like a man with Midas Touch, his construction company has grown into a conglomerate with subsidiaries that include, DHB Properties Limited, Hexagon Logistics, Temjob Limited, Eko Trans Afrik Limited among others.

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