List Of INEC Registration Centres In Abuja, Customer Care, And Other Information
The Independent National Electoral Commission popularly known as INEC is the electoral body charged with the responsibility of overseeing the conduct of elections in Nigeria. The body was set up in the year 1998 and has been conducting elections all over Nigeria ever since. The body, however, has been embroiled in several controversies in the discharge of its constitutional duty. Notably, during the run-up to the April 2007 general elections, INEC was criticized by the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar about its preparedness for the election. The body was also dragged to court over its disqualification of then Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s candidacy. The Supreme court of the land eventually ruled that the body had no legal authority to disqualify candidates so Atiku Abubakar’s name had to be added to the ballots at the last minute. Due to this, INEC has embarked on a serious drive to mop up and sanitize the nation’s voters register and at the same time make provisions for names of legally eligible voters to be added to the register so they can carry out their civic responsibility.
INEC Registration Centres In Abuja
INEC does not just organize elections it coordinates activities leading up to elections in Nigeria as well. It is actively involved in voter sensitization and enlightenment. All these are aimed at strengthening and deepening our democracy in Nigeria and ensuring the sanctity of the ballot. In line with this, INEC is expected to carry out continuous voter registration at designated centers across the 36 States of the Federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
INEC Registration Centres In Abuja
Registration centers in Abuja are listed below according to area councils.
ABUJA Municipal Area Council
- City Central – Govt Secondary School, Garki.
- Garki District – Garki Primary School, Garki.
- Kabusa – Kabusa Primary School
- Gwarinpa – Govt Secondary School, Life camp.
- Jiwa – Jiwa Primary School
- Wuse – Wuse Zone 2 Primary School
- Gui – Gossa Primary School
- Orozo Primary School
- Karu Primary School
- Govt Secondary School, Nyanya
- Karshi Development Area Secretariat
- Gwagwa Primary School
Bwari Area Council
- Pilot Secondary, Primary School, Bwari
- Federal Govt Girls College, Bwari
- Igu Primary School
- Shere Koro Primary School
- LEA Primary School, Kawu
- Ushafa Primary School
- Dutse Alhaji Primary School
- Byazhin Primary School
- Model Secondary School, Kubwa
- PW Primary School, Kubwa.
Kuje Area Council
- KUJE Central Primary School
- Chibiri Primary School
- Gaube Primary School
- Kwaku Primary School
- Kabi Kassa Primary School
- Rubochi Primary School
- Gwargwada Primary School
- Gudun Karya Primary School
- Kujeka Primary School
- Yenche Primary School
Abaji Area Council
- Abaji Central – Unguwan Manko
- Abaji North East Primary School
- Abaji South East Central Primary School
- Agyana Primary School
- Naharati Sambo Primary School, Rimba
- Nuku Primary School
- Alu Mamangi Primary School
- Yaba Town Primary School
- Gurdi Primary School
- Gawu Primary School
Gwagwalada Area Council
- Demonstration Secondary School
- GSS Gwagwalada
- Passo Primary School
- Phase 3 Primary School
INEC Hotlines: 07098114865, 07098118346, 07098115592, 07098115583, 07098115257, 07098117563, 07098116381, 07098110916, 070022554632 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also the issue of under-age voting in certain sections of the country which INEC is believed to overlook. The body has a long list of controversies it has been involved in since inception due to the very delicate nature of its job but that is not the focus of this article. It is however important to also mention that the voter’s register of the nation is another issue that has made headlines several times in the past. There has been widespread condemnation of the voter’s register of the country due to it being filled with several strange and fake names of people
The mission of INEC is to serve as an independent and unbiased and effective election management body that is committed to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections for sustainable democracy in the country. This is why the body has continued to come up with innovative ways of ensuring free elections are carried out in the country. The most recent being the adoption and use of card readers to identify voters. The card readers are designed to authenticate the voter’s card of any would be a voter at each polling unit to ascertain him or she is registered as a voter at that particular polling unit. Also, INEC has announced that voter accreditation and voting would commence and run simultaneously henceforth as against the previous system where voters are first accredited and then asked to return later for actual voting.
History Of INEC
Before Nigeria gained independence from Britain in the year 1960, the Electoral Commission of Nigeria was established to conduct the 1959 elections. This body then gave way to the Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO), that was established in the year 1960.
FEDECO then conducted the immediate post-independence federal and regional elections that took place in the year 1964 and 1965 respectively. FEDECO was then dissolved when the military took over the administration of the country after the military coup of 1966. In the year 1978, the Federal Electoral Commission was set up by the military government of General Olusegun Obasanjo.
FEC successfully conducted the elections that took place in 1979, a year after it was set up. This 1979 election ushered in the Nigerian second Republic which was led by Alhaji Shehu Shagari. Four years later in 1983, the Federal Electoral Commission again conducted its second successive election in Nigeria.
Fast-forward to December 1995 after series of events had shaped the political landscape of the country, the military government of late General Sani Abacha set up the National Electoral Commission of Nigeria. This electoral body oversaw another set of elections but unfortunately, the institutions elected through that particular election were not inaugurated before the unexpected death of General Sank Abacha in June of 1998. The death of the general aborted the entire process which was already in motion with the aim of returning the country to civilian rule.
General Sani Abacha was then succeeded by General Abdulsalam in the same 1998 after the death of Abacha. The administration of General Abudusalam Abubakar dissolved NECON and set up a new electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). That was how the electoral body of Nigeria was established in its present format. INEC was then given the duty of organizing the transitional elections that ushered in the Nigerian Fourth Republic. It carried out this duty successfully and on the 29th of May 1999, Rtd General Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn in as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Elections in Nigeria may not yet be on the same level as it is carried out in developed nations of the world but certainly, the country is on the right path with INEC constantly improving with each successive election.
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