New Dates for Phase 2 of PVC Distribution, CVR – @inecnigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rescheduled the second phase of its programme of distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) involving 12 states

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The PVCs will now be distributed at the polling unit level in the affected states from Friday, August 15, 2014 to Sunday, August 17, 2014; instead of July 18th to July 20thas was earlier scheduled. At the end of the polling unit level distribution, uncollected PVCs will be taken to respective local government office of the Commission for subsequent distribution.


CVR in the affected states will now be from Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, to Monday, August 25th, 2014; instead of July 23rd to July 27th as was earlier scheduled.


The states involved in the second phase of the programme are Yobe, Bauchi (North East), Jigawa, Sokoto (North West), FCT, Kwara (North Central), Anambra, Ebonyi (South East), Ondo, Oyo (South West) and Delta, Cross River (South South). 


With the rescheduling of Phase 2 of the programme, new dates will be announced later for Phase 3 involving Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, Imo, Lagos, Ogun, Edo and Rivers states.


Kayode Robert Idowu

Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman

Osun REC on leave, not removed – @inecnigeria

Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ambassador Rufus Akeju, has been requested to proceed on leave of absence – for his own safety and as his contribution to ensuring the credibility of the state governorship election scheduled for August 9, 2014.

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He has not been removed or redeployed as widely reported in the media today, Thursday, July 3, 2014.
The REC was requested by the Commission to step aside against the backdrop of intense partisan acrimony over his person. He acceded to the request, knowing the effort being invested by INEC to make the Osun governorship election free, fair and credible. He has not been indicted for any offence, and the appeal by INEC for a stay of execution of the interlocutory order restraining the Commission from recognising him as Osun REC still subsist.
For avoidance of doubt, Ambassador Rufus Akeju remains INEC’s substantive Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun State. But another Resident Electoral Commissioner will hold fort for the period that Akeju will be away on his leave of absence.
The Commission hereby reaffirms commitment to spare no effort in ensuring that the upcoming Osun State governorship election is successful, and that it meets the best possible standard of credibility. It urges all other stakeholders to join in this commitment.
Kayode Robert Idowu
Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman

Osun election will be better than Ekiti – @inecnigeria Chairman

Despite widespread applause for the recent Ekiti State governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is working hard to make the upcoming Osun State governorship election better, the Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, has said.


INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega
INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega


He said no effort would be spared to make the Osun election scheduled for August 9, 2014, more qualitative in all aspects than the June 21 Ekiti State election which has been widely acclaimed as the best so far by the Commission. He spoke on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, when the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China, H. E. Gu Xiaojie, paid a courtesy visit to the Commission.


The Chairman said the present Commission had since 2010 when it came on board been devoted to improving the electoral process in Nigeria, “to make it more participatory and ensure that it is more transparent, that elections are conducted consistent with international best standards and in accordance with our own electoral laws.”


He added: “Since 2011, we have been doing our best to keep on improving the integrity and transparency of the electoral process. We have cleaned up the Register of Voters, and we have been doing our best to address the challenge of logistics of deployment, which has been a major obstacle to our conduct of good elections. I am pleased to say there has been progressive improvement in the series of governorship elections that we have conducted since 2011, culminating in the Ekiti election that we conducted two weeks ago, and which has been generally acknowledged as perhaps the best election that we have conducted so far. On the 9th of August, we have another election in Osun State and we are doing everything possible to ensure that the Osun election is better than Ekiti.”


Professor Jega restated INEC readiness to conduct the 2015 general election in all states of the federation, despite security threats in some areas. He said: “We know that both nationally and internationally, there are concerns about the 2015 general election, partly because of the challenges of security in some states. On our part, we have been doing our best to ensure that we are able to conduct elections in those areas; and we have been working very closely with security agencies to ensure that there is adequate security for the conduct of election in those states.”


The Commission, according to him, has improved its engagement stakeholders – including political parties, security agencies and civil society organisations, among others – in order to deepen the political process. “We have periodic meetings with these stakeholders where we explain what we are doing and we receive suggestions for improvement; and we take these suggestions on board as we continue to improve the process,” he said.


The Chairman also acknowledged the support of the international community for Nigeria’s electoral process. “Our development partners have been very helpful, other friends of Nigeria have generally been helpful; they have encouraged us and shown understanding, and that also has gone a long way to contribute to our continuous improvement of the electoral process.”


The Chinese envoy, in his remarks, said there is much that his country and Nigeria could mutually learn from each other’s electoral experience. He added that Nigeria being an important country in Africa, global attention is on the country as it prepares to conduct the 2015 general election.



Kayode Robert Idowu

Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman

@inecnigeria will commence Nationwide distribution starting 23rd May

This is to inform the general public that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will commence the nationwide distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in three phases as follows:

See here for the nationwide schedule

NigeriaDecide.Org Ekiti Sensitization on Radio and TV On Preventing Election Rigging Using Mobile Phones.



As a follow-up to our press release on the platform,,  we are pleased to inform the general public that sensitization on how to use your mobile phones to prevent election rigging, has begun in Ekiti State Nigeria towards June 21 poles.

Please note  that we would be on live TV and Radio programs on 8/5/2014 on the following stations:
1.    EKTV 9:00 am – 9:30 am (Live Television program)
2.    Radio Nigeria (Progress FM Ekiti 100.5) 1:30pm – 2:00 pm
3.    Ekiti FM 91.5 FM Monday – 11-17th May 2014
Endeavour to tune in if you are in Ekiti State to know more about the platform and our collective part to play in preventing election rigging in coming elections so as to ensure outcome of election is a reflection of the electorates’ choice. During and after these LIVE programs you can text questions to 09037054710.
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Unbiased Profile of 2014 & 2015 General Elections Candidates

As a part of @nigeriadecide ‘s effort to provide Nigerians with needed pre-election information to have an in-dept knowledge of the process, stakeholders and the timelines , we are pleased to inform you that you can now access detailed profile of all the over 10,000 candidates contesting for various public position under auspices of the 25 different political parties in the country.


The various profiles are end results of research and investigative efforts, if you have any further information about any candidate, kindly forward it + evidence of your claim to so we can include. You can also make use of comment box below each candidate to add more information about the candidate.

Disclaimer: is a non-partisan initiative comprising of individuals across the 37 states in the federation who are passionate about making the change Nigeria require, to join the movement, send mail to

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Ekiti: Adeyeye dumps consensus candidate, joins Fayose

Prince Dayo Adeyeye
                     Prince Dayo Adeyeye

A former Publicity Secretary of the Afenifere, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has abandoned his earlier position  on consensus candidacy for the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State by agreeing to work with ex-Governor Ayo Fayose.

Adeyeye, who was one of the 13 agggrieved governorship aspirants of the PDP,  had rejected the result of the primary election which produced Fayose. He described it as a fabricated one.

But in a letter claimed to be  written  to President Goodluck Jonathan and jointly signed by Fayose and Adeyeye, the duo said they had agreed to work together as a team.   […more]