Nigeria: General Elections 2019

Time until Saturday, 16 February 2019, 08:00:00 (Lagos time)

INEC News

PRESS RELEASE



It has come to the attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, registered as a voter for the second time on Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Government House, Lokoja, the state capital. His first registration was on 30th January, 2011, in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.

The Governor’s double registration and doing so outside INEC’s designated centres are both illegal. For the on-going Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, INEC has designated a centre in each of the country’s 774 Local Government Areas including FCT’s six Area Councils.

INEC wishes to inform the public that it completely dissociates itself from the Governor’s action. We wish to make it clear that no INEC staff was authorised by the Commission to re-register him or any citizen, or to do so outside our designated CVR centres. The Commission is taking disciplinary action against the INEC staff involved.

As for the State Governor, Section 308 (1) (a) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), precludes INEC from prosecuting him while in office. However, the Commission wishes to state that it has cancelled his second and illegal registration forthwith because our Electoral Law and the Commission’s guidelines make no exception for anyone to register more than once and to register outside the designated centres.

Issued this 25th May, 2017.
Prince Solomon Adedeji Soyebi
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC)