- INEC said it is ready to replicate and solidify its past successes ahead of 2023 general elections
- The commission, however, said the elections may be hindered by some setbacks including the Electoral Acts amendment
- The 2023 election has been scheduled for February by the electoral umpire in the country
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said the 2023 general election may be hindered due to some of the challenges being faced by the body.
Festus Okoye, the national commissioner and chairman of the commission's Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), outlined the problems on Sunday, January 17, in Nasarawa state.
Okoye, who spoke during a five-day workshop organised to review the INEC voter education manual ahead of the Anambra governorship election, said the obstacles will hinder free and fair exercise unless being tackled, Nigerian Tribune reports.
He listed the challenges as;
- Amendment of the Electoral Act that will improve the conduct of free, fair, transparent elections
- Expansion of the voter's access to polling units in the context of a growing population
- Validation of the voters roll and Continuous Voters Registration (CVR)
- Growth of new settlements across the country and
- How to increase voters turnout in future elections.
Okoye further said the commission is ready to build on its success recorded in the last two years, especially in Edo and Ondo gubernatorial election.
2023 election to hold in February - INEC
Meanwhile, the commission announced that the next presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.
Speaking on Thursday, October 15, 2020, the electoral commission's chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known while addressing pressmen during a media briefing in Abuja.
Mahmood Yakubu confirmed as INEC boss
The Senate confirmed the appointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of the INEC for the second term of five years.
The upper legislative chamber confirmed the appointment during plenary on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 weeks after being reappointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This means Yakubu would preside over the next general elections coming up in 2023 and other forthcoming off-cycle elections.
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