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INEC receives electoral management innovative tools from EU



INEC receives electoral management innovative tools from EU

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday received electoral management innovative tools from the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN).

The tools came through the Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), to further enhance Nigeria’s electoral system.

The technology tools, received by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, were presented by acting Head of Development Cooperation of the European Union Delegation, Mr Ruben Aguilera.

They include Collation and Returning Officers Management System (CROMS); Election Results Management System (ERMS); Political Parties Financial Reporting and Audit System (PFRAS).

Also were Media Monitoring and Analysis tool as well as online App for voters and electoral officers, to easily locate existing polling units across the country.

Yakubu, while commending the EU-SDGN for the support, said INEC would closely examine the tools with a view to adopting or tweaking them where necessary, to meet the immediate and emergent challenges in the conduct of elections.

He commended EU-SDGN for its support for INEC under its Phase II Project with several components, the first of which focused on support to INEC through the DAI.

Yakubu said that the support was designed to address five thematic areas i.e. enhancing and strengthening planning and operational capacities.

Other areas are improving the Commission’s internal communication and external engagements with stakeholders and enhancing the Electoral Institute’s capacity for training and research, among others.

He said that within the current electoral cycle, DAI had provided support towards capacity building, technical support, printing of non-sensitive reports and information flyers.

He said INEC was glad that today, some of the tools developed in collaboration with DAI were being handed over to the commission.

These included the CROMS intended to streamline, simplify and enhance the security, reliability and credibility of the recruitment process for collation and returning officers, according to Yakubu.

“The ERMS seeks to ensure better results management process, enhancing accuracy and creating a repository of election results, something envisaged by Section 62 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

“The Media Monitoring and Analysis tool intends to enhance the Commission’s capacity to filter media coverage of the Commission.

“The PFRAS seeks to assist the commission to monitor political party finance more efficiently and effectively,” he said.

Yakubu said that in developing the tools, DAI consultants worked closely with the technical team and directing members of staff of INEC.

He added that the tools sought to respond to specific challenges encountered in the implementation of electoral activities, thereby bringing technology to enhance the commission’s operational effectiveness.

“The tools therefore offer innovative solutions that could foster efficiency, speed, due diligence, and trust in the electoral process, “ Yakubu said.

The INEC chairman added that the tools were not specifically designed for a particular electoral cycle, hence their utility to future elections and electoral activities.

He said that the support to INEC under EU-SDGN Phase II covered the period 2022-2027, traversing two electoral cycles (2023 and 2027).

He said that the support also included support to the National Assembly and the judiciary, political parties, the media, civil society organisations and the promotion of inclusivity (women, youth and persons with disability).

Yakubu, who reiterated the commission’s readiness for future collaboration with the EU, re-emphasised that core electoral activities in Nigeria were fully founded by the Nigerian government.

“I would like to thank DAI and the EU-SDGN Project Phase II. The commission is open to future collaboration with the EU through its implementing partners.

“I must also continue to emphasise that core electoral activities are still funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria as a sovereign responsibility,” Yakubu said.

On his part, Aguilera said that the EU was hopeful that the tools handed over to INEC would contribute to improving the commission’s operations and Nigeria’s electoral system.

“Today’s handing over of these management tools is another example of how this collaboration can translate into concrete actions and supports for the benefit of INEC and Nigeria as a whole.

“We are looking at providing you new election results management systems tools that facilitate and provide an efficient management of results,” Aguilera said.

He said that handing over of the developed tools also demonstrated EU’s commitment to improving democratic system in Nigeria and across the globe.

“As you know EU support for election is consistent and part of our core principles.

“It is also in our own interest because we believe that without democracy there is no way a country can address its citizens’ needs and can really fulfill its capacity for development and to provide for opportunity for all.

“Therefore, we think that strong democratic institutions are the core.

“We are really investing and doing our best to help in Nigeria to provide support for those institutions to get stronger everyday.

“Stronger Nigeria also means stronger EU and we really hope and sincerely believe that this a common endeavour,” he said.

Commending the collaboration between the EU and INEC since return of democratic governance to Nigeria since 1999, Aguilera reiterated EU’s commitment to continue working and collaborating with all.

He added that the EU looked forward to the conclusion of ongoing INEC review of the 2023 general elections and lessons learnt would serve as road map for future collaborations and engagements.

“We are really looking forward to see how this will be implemented and could be part of review of upcoming of circle elections taking place in Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo States.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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