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Why We Postponed Guber Elections – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given reasons it postponed the governorship election by one week.

The exercise, which was initially scheduled for this Saturday, will now take place on March 18.

The National Commissioner & Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye, confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday night.

Okoye said the commission needed time for the reconfiguration of the BVAS used for the Presidential election held on February 25, 2023.

“For instance, the BVAS can only be activated on the specific date and time of an election.

“Having been used for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on 25th February 2023, it is necessary to reconfigure the BVAS for activation on the date of the governorship and State Assembly elections,” the statement read in part.

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Mitch McConnell U.S. Senate minority leader hospitalised

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United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been hospitalized after tripping at a Washington D.C. hotel on Wednesday night.

McConnell, 81, was having dinner at the hotel when he took a tumble, his spokesperson said.

“This evening, Leader McConnell tripped at a local hotel during a private dinner,” the spokesman said. “He has been admitted to the hospital where he is receiving treatment.”

The spokesperson didn’t provide details on the extent of the Republican’s injuries.

Army Recovers 1,671 PVCs, Ballot Papers In Lagos Apartment

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Personnel of the 9 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, yesterday, recovered 1,671 Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, in an apartment in the Olodi-Apapa area of Lagos State.

Three persons were subsequently arrested in the apartment, while the prime suspect was said to be on the run.

Also recovered in the apartment were ballot papers, cutlasses and Indian hemp.

Vanguard gathered that the startling discovery was made in the course of a preliminary investigation into an incident that occurred in the area, yesterday.

The Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Isang Akpaumontia, who paraded the suspects and recovered PVCs, ballot papers and other items before journalists at the Ikeja Cantonment, said the arrest and recovery were made following a tip-off.

Most of the recovered PVCs had the year 2022 as the registration number, while others had years 2011, 2012 and 2021 with all the owners being residents of Lagos State.

CBN Issues Guidelines On Open Banking

The Central Bank of Nigeria has issued operational guidelines for open banking in Nigeria to ensure stability in the nation’s financial system.

News Source: Punch Newspaper

The apex bank in a circular referenced, ‘PSM/DIR/PUB/CIR/001/043’, and dated March 7, 2023, said the guidelines would create greater access to customer-focused data sharing between banks and third-party firms.

The circular signed by the Director of Payment Services Management Department, Musa Jimoh, entitled, ‘Issuance of operational guidelines for open banking in Nigeria’, said the guidelines were part of the Central Bank’s mandate to ensure financial stability in Nigeria.

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