Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines Thursday 3rd January 2019

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Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 3rd January 2019

INEC Retains Smart Card Reader, Incidence Form
Thu, 03 Jan 2019

As part of its strategic plan of action for the general elections starting on February 16, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Monday release its revised guidelines and voter register to the nation’s 91 political parties.

The commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, confirmed to THISDAY Wednesday that the revised guidelines were ready and would be unveiled for the consideration of the political parties next week.

“We are going to officially release voter register to the political parties on Monday and we are also going to use the opportunity to hand over guidelines and regulations for the conduct of elections to them,” he said in an interview with THISDAY.

THISDAY had obtained a copy of the guidelines from a reliable source last Tuesday. The rules, among others, retains the use of smart card reader and the controversial incidence form.

The Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2018, which was vetoed four times by President Muhammadu Buhari, had sought to extensively reform the electoral process by incorporating mandatory use of smart card reader to the exclusion of incidence form as the mode of accreditation of voters.

The amendment bill also sought to clean up the results collation process, providing for electronic transmission of results from polling units to collation centres.

Following the presidential veto and expression of disappointment by opposition parties INEC National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had contended that the extant law was sufficient to guarantee a transparent electoral regime, stating that whatever further reforms were needed to straighten out the process would be accommodated by the revised guidelines.

The revised rules obtained by THISDAY, left the opposition parties with little to cheer about as it retained the main features of the guidelines used to regulate the 2015 elections.

The electoral body stated categorically that the regulations and guidelines supersede all other regulations or guidelines on the conduct of elections issued by the commission and shall remain in force until replaced by new regulations or amendments supported by a Decision Extract of the Commission or an official gazette.

It said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) herein referred to as “the Commission” issues the following Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of Elections (general elections, by-elections, re-run elections and supplementary elections). These regulations and guidelines are issued as a Decision Extract of the Commission of the 21st day of the month of December 2018.”

The regulations and guidelines, it said, would apply to the conduct of elections to the office of the President and Vice President; Governor and Deputy Governor; National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives); State Houses of Assembly; Chairmen and Vice – Chairmen of FCT Area Councils; and Councillors of FCT Area Councils legislatures.

The electoral umpire said that voting in any election to which the regulations and guidelines apply would take place at polling units and voting points.

It added that in the case of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), voting would take place at Polling Units (PU), Voting Points and Voting Point Settlements (VPS).

INEC explained that Voting Points (VPs) are created out of Polling Units based on multiples of 500 and a maximum of 750 registered voters or as may otherwise be determined by the commission.

It also noted that Voting Point Settlement (VPS) might be created by the commission to facilitate access to voters in new settlements not currently served by a PU, stressing that where a VPS is created, it shall be treated as a Polling Unit.

On accreditation of voters on election day, INEC states in Clause 8(b) that; “No person shall be allowed to vote at any Polling Unit/Voting Point Settlement/ Voting Point other than the one at which he/her name appears in the Register of Voters and he/she presents his/her permanent voter card to be verified by the Smart Card Reader, or as otherwise determined by the commission.

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We Are Under Armed Bandits’ Siege, Masari Cries Out
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Our state is currently under serious siege by armed robbers, kidnappers and armed bandits, who arrest rural people at the grassroots at will and demand ransom, which if not paid, they kill their victims’ Francis Sardauna in Katsina Few days after Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, backed a call for declaration of state of []The post We Are Under Armed Bandits’ Siege, Masari Cries Out appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Total, Samsung Confirm First Oil in 200,000 bpd Egina Field
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
$1bn saved from projected cost Ejiofor Alike Efforts by the federal government to boost Nigeria’s oil production has received a boost as French oil major, Total, and global shipbuilding giant, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), Wednesday confirmed that crude oil production has started in the 200,000 barrels per day-capacity Egina deepwater oilfield. Total has also stated []The post Total, Samsung Confirm First Oil in 200,000 bpd Egina Field appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Minimum Wage: Presidency Moves to Appease Labour
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Asks govs to plug waste to accommodate workers’ demand Pleads with NLC for more time to resolve logjam Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja Following Nigerian Labour Congress’ (NLC) threat to call out workers on indefinite strike on Tuesday to protest non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage recommended by the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage, the []The post Minimum Wage: Presidency Moves to Appease Labour appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Unveilling a Guide to Excellent Parenting
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
In tackling lack of competent caregivers as one of the major challenges faced by parents in the 21st century, the CEO of LaPax Life Project, Emem Nwogwugwu, recently launched the ‘Parent Organiser’, to fill the lacuna, Sunday Ehigiator writes Research has proved that the key to raising well-rounded children is to establish a solid support []The post Unveilling a Guide to Excellent Parenting appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY: GARLAND FOR THE NIGERIAN MILITARY
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Emeka Nwankpa Recent reports revealed that 13 soldiers and two police personnel were killed on Christmas-eve while fighting through a Boko Haram ambush on Damaturu-Maiduguri Roadbut Nigerian Army’s deputy spokesman, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, quickly added that in another terrorists’ attack on the same day in Kukareta, Damaturu LGA of Yobe State, the insurgents were successfully []The post NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY: GARLAND FOR THE NIGERIAN MILITARY appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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BPE Shifts Privatisation of Yola Disco, Afam Genco
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Power sector lost N530bn in 2018 Chineme Okafor in Abuja The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has amended the timeline for the conclusion of the privatisation of Yola Electricity Distribution Company (Disco) in Adamawa State and the 987.2 megawatts (MW)- capacity Afam Power Generation Company (Genco) in Rivers State, THISDAY gathered Wednesday in Abuja. This []The post BPE Shifts Privatisation of Yola Disco, Afam Genco appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Jonathan: I Didn’t Leave Empty Treasury for Buhari
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Says Bakare lied Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja and Jonatan Eze in Lagos President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday stated that he did not leave an empty treasury for his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari, describing Pastor Tunde Bakare’s claims to that effect as false and untenable. Bakare was quoted as claiming during a recent trip to Canada that []The post Jonathan: I Didn’t Leave Empty Treasury for Buhari appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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PDP Alleges Fresh Plot to Compromise Electoral Guidelines
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
INEC dares opposition party to provide proof Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organisation has raised the alarm that the Presidency is planning to compromise the guidelines for the forthcoming general elections and cautioned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmood to disentangle himself and the []The post PDP Alleges Fresh Plot to Compromise Electoral Guidelines appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Insurgency: NAF Attack Helicopter Crashes
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja As the war against insurgency rages, a Nigerian Air Force helicopter has crashed in Damasak, Northern Borno State. The helicopter crashed while providing air support to troops in the area. ‘A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter was lost in combat while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at []The post Insurgency: NAF Attack Helicopter Crashes appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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