- INEC is ready for the 2023 general elections
- The electoral commission has begun its preparations in earnest
- Nigerians will have the opportunity to commence their voter registration in January 2021
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise will commence in the first quarter of 2021 ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Chairman of the electoral commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure during a budget defence session with the Senate committee on INEC on Wednesday, November 4.
Recall that Professor Yakubu recently unfolded plans to seek legal backing for electronic voting beginning from the 2023 general elections.
According to the INEC boss, the manual collation, which is enshrined in the laws, is too cumbersome and expensive.
He further urged federal lawmakers to accelerate the process, reminding them that they have exactly 855 days to amend the law before the commencement of the general elections.
Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has backed President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination of Lauretta Onochie as a national electoral commissioner for INEC.
The APC frowned at the criticisms over the president's action, saying it has been subject to rash, subjective, misplaced, and selective criticism by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some interest groups.
The party urged the 9th Senate to ignore the PDP and go-ahead to accept Ms. Onochie's nomination, adding that the presidential aide has the capacity and her effectiveness as a public servant and senior social media professional are in the public domain.
The party went on to state that Professor Yakubu once served as an Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) under a PDP government.
The APC also accused senior INEC officials; Festus Okoye and Mike Igini of being PDP apologists.
The nomination of Onochie had caused ripples in the polity, with many accusing the president of bias.
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