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INEC registers 23 new political parties. YES, RAP, UP, 20 other parties

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23 new political parties registered by INEC. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday announced the names of 23 new political parties registered, raising the number of parties in Nigeria to 91.

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Some of the 23 new political parties registered bear acronyms that can be easily recalled, such as YES, which means YES Electorates Solidarity and RAP, the Reform and Advancement Party. There are also COP, standing for Congress of Patriots and UP, meaning United Patriots. One of the parties share the acronym of the American University of Nigeria, AUN in Yola. It is called Alliance for a United Nigeria.

The other 21 parties are Advanced Alliance Party (AAP) , Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), African Action Congress (AAC), Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD), Alliance National Party (ANP) and Allied People’s Movement (APM).

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Also registered were Alternative Party of Nigeria (APN), Change Nigeria Party (CNP), Liberation Movement (LM), Movement for Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP), Nigeria for Democracy (NFD) and Peoples Coalition Party (PCP)

Others are Save Nigeria Congress (SNC), United Peoples Congress (UPC), We The People Nigeria (WTPN) , Youth Party (YP), and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

The Commission in a statement issued by Mohammed Haruna, its National Commissioner and Member, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, in Abuja stated that the registration of the new parties was one of the decisions taken at its regular meeting held on Tuesday.

The Commission said it received 144 applications from political associations seeking registration as political parties.

After a rigorous process of evaluation in accordance with the Constitution and Electoral Act which included assessment of the constitutions and manifestos of the intending parties and verification of membership of their executive committees and offices, the 23 associations met all the requirements and so have been registered as political parties.

This brings the number of political parties to 91 and will be the last round of registration of parties until after the general elections on 16 Feb. 2019.

The Commission added that the new parties would receive their Certificate of Registration on Thursday at its headquarters.

The Commission also approved the extension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to Aug. 31 from Aug. 17 it had earlier announced.

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The Commission said it decided to extend the exercise which commenced on April 27, 2017, truly continuous for the first time by opening permanent registration centres in all 774 Local Government offices and 672 other centres.

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It said the decision was to ensure that all-year round, Nigerians who turned 18 years would have the opportunity to register.

Consequently, the current CVR has been going on for 16 months. As at 11th August 2018, the Commission has registered an additional 12, 139,061 new voters.

It however noted that many Nigerians had appealed for the extension of the exercise and as a result the decision to extend the CVR to Aug. 31 was taken.

The exercise will continue in all the designated registration centres every day, including weekends, but excluding public holidays, between 9a.m. and 5p.m.

The Commission wishes to inform the public that the on-going collection of PVCs will not end with the exercise. Collection of PVCs will continue until close to the general elections.

The Commission said that it would issue Notice of Election for 2019 general elections on Friday, Aug. 17, as the first of 14 activities in the timetable in accordance with Section 30 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

The issuance of notice will kick-start the countdown to the 2019 general elections, which timetable was issued on Jan. 9, the Commission stated.

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Umar Farouq Flags Off Mobile Money Agents Training in FCT, North Central Zone

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Umar Farouq Flags Off Mobile Money Agents Training in FCT, North Central Zone

A four-day training programme to establish beneficiaries in mobile money transactions has been launched in the federal capital territory and the north-central states.

The training was flagged off on Thursday by the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development Sadiya Umar Farouq at the international centre for women’s development, Abuja.

The minister said in her keynote address, that the federal government has paid more attention to promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country which she said informed the decision to initiate the national social investment programme(NSIP) as a strategy for enhancing social inclusion.

Minister Umar Farouq also stated that the mobile money agents’ training programme is designed to empower unemployed youths and develop their competencies to operate as registered mobile money agents.

The programme is expected to provide job opportunities for 1,850 youths selected from the 36 states and the FCT as well as promote financial inclusion, by providing financial services to under-served Nigerians.

The minister later made a symbolic presentation of pos machines, umbrellas, fingerprint scanners, furniture and a twenty thousand naira starting capital to some of the beneficiaries.

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Some items, which include pos machines, umbrellas, fingerprint scanners, furniture and cash of twenty thousand nairas, were presented to the beneficiaries by the minister.

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Lekki #Endsars Shooting Survivors Drag FG to ECOWAS Court

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Lekki Shooting Survivors Drag FG to ECOWAS Court

As #EndSARS protesters commemorate the first anniversary of the protest that erupted from Ughelli, Delta State, to other parts of the country over police brutality and extra-judicious killings, three victims of the protest have sued the Federal Government at the ECOWAS Court for justice.

This was revealed by lawyers from three chambers on Thursday, in a document signed by four lawyers including Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe, and Nelson Olanipekun, and made available during a virtually held press conference on the matter.

According to the lawyers their service is purely pro-bono to the three applicants who approached them, and also explained why the applicants approached the ECOWAS Court, which is a regional court that adjudicates cases within its jurisdiction of member states in West Africa sub-region, and it is known for its neutrality and adherence to international standards in adjudicating cases.

The lawyers, who addressed a press conference on Thursday in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the historic #EndSARS protest, said the survivors have asked to remain anonymous to prevent victimization as they have suffered untold psychological trauma owing to the gory event.

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They also pointed out that justices that comprise the panel at the ECOWAS Court are judges with various international experiences, and not one judge that will adjudicate on the matter brought to them, which that the court has lived up to its name as it would analyse the issues and facts before it, would give an international standard judgment, and has the boldness in determining cases without being influenced, and its judgment will have a ripple effect.

They also stated that the three applicants who approached them are seeking justice, and have declared that the Nigerian State has violated her obligations under the Nigerian Constitution, International laws and most especially the African Charter.

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Showmax’s First Original Comedy Series, ‘Ghana Jollof’ Premieres Today

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Showmax’s First Original Comedy Series, ‘Ghana Jollof’ Premieres Today!

Today, October 22, 2021, the video streaming platform will release its first original comedy series shot in Lagos and Accra, ‘Ghana Jollof’. Ghana Jollof is here to serve up exceptional content that gives us a glimpse into the cultures of Nigeria and Ghana.

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The comedy series which was filmed in Lagos and Accra stars multi-award-winning comedian Basketmouth, who also doubles as Executive Producer, comedian/actor Buchi, AMVCA-winning comedian, Funnybone, actor Uzor Arukwe, who starred as the dreaded crime boss, Knight, in Sugar Rush and popular YouTuber, Akah Nnani.

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