Race for 2023 Begins as INEC Announces Date for General Elections

Race for 2023 Begins as INEC Announces Date for General Elections

- INEC is already making preparations in earnest for the next general elections in Nigeria

- The electoral commission has declared that the 2023 poll will hold on Saturday, February 18, 2023

- INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure on Wednesday, April 28, in Abuja

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the next general election will hold on February 18, 2023, Daily Nigerian reports.

Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the electoral commission's chairman, made this known while speaking at a public hearing on the ‘National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2021’ on Wednesday, April 28, in Abuja.

Race for 2023 Begins as INEC Announces Date for General Elections
INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu has announced Saturday, February 18 for the 2023 general elections. Photo credit: @inecnigeria
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The INEC chairman according to Channels TV noted that the timetable and schedule of activities for the election should be released after the Anambra governorship election scheduled to hold on November 6.

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According to him, the country has exactly one year, nine months, two weeks, and six days to the next general election.

He expressed confidence that the National Assembly will do the needful about the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC announced that the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise will resume on June 28 across the country.

Speaking on Thursday, April 1, the electoral commission's chairman, made this known while addressing pressmen during a media briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

Professor Yakubu in a series of tweets shared on the commission's Twitter page explained that the exercise could not recommence majorly as a result of COVID-19.

In a related development, the electoral commission said the 2023 general election may be hindered due to some of the challenges being faced by the body.

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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.

Source: Legit.ng

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