- INEC has promised to work with the 9th National Assembly to review and strengthen electoral law
- The commission's chairman, Professor Yakubu, said the electoral law would assist the commission to begin work on post-2019 elections review and the road map to 2023
Yakubu appealed to the senators-elect to start work early and conclude work on the electoral framework in good time, well ahead of the 2023 general elections
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has urged the incoming 9th National Assembly members to come up with a review of the electoral law that would assist the commission to begin work on post-2019 elections review and road map to 2023.
Vanguard reports that Yakubu, who made this appeal on Thursday, March 14, said while there is a lot of work to be done, there is very little time available.
Legit.ng gathered that he spoke at the presentation of certificate of return to elected National Assembly members in Abuja, adding that the success of Nigeria's elections depends on the electoral legal framework.
He said: "As a process governed by law, the success of elections in Nigeria depends, to a large extent, on the electoral legal framework and most importantly in ensuring adherence to the law.
“I want to assure you that we will continue to work with the National Assembly to review and strengthen our electoral law. But, I want to appeal to the senators-elect to please start work early and conclude work on the electoral framework in good time, well ahead of the 2023 general elections.
‘’The tendency to delay electoral reforms, particularly the review of electoral framework until it is too close to the elections, leaves the commission with little time to develop processes, including regulations and guidelines, make required consultations with stakeholders, embark on effective voter education, including sensitisation, train staff and organise deployment for the elections.
"I am glad that among the senators-elect are senators that we have worked very closely with and some of them have taken initiatives or even sponsored private member bills to advance the cause of electoral reforms.
"We look forward to working very closely with you in the next Senate. However, all these are matters to be considered, I hope we will do so in earnest."
It was gathered that out of the 109 senators in the National Assembly, only 100 senators were presented with certificates as there were outstanding issues in some constituencies.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has 62; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 37; while the Young Progressives Party (YPP) has one.
Members-elect of the House of Representatives were also later in the day presented with their certificates of return.
Senator-elect for Benue Northwest, Orker Jev, said he already has his agenda as he is not new to legislative business. According to him, there is hope as new crop of lawmakers are coming on board.
He said he is much aware of the problems facing some communities in Benue and all he needs to do is move them across when he gets to the Senate.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the INEC stated that no court has the power to restrain the commission from conducting the governorship supplementary election in Adamawa state scheduled to hold on March 23.
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