- Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has discloded when the timetable for the poll would be released
- The electoral commission stated that the timetable and schedule of activities will be published after the Electoral Amendment Bill is signed into law
- According to INEC, the early passage of the amended bill is crucial for preparations of the 2023 elections
Abuja - The timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general elections will not be published until the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is signed into law.
Vanguard reports that this is the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the commission made the remark on Tuesday, January 18, in Abuja during INEC's first quarterly consultative meeting with political parties.
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Yakubu explained the INEC will quickly release the timetable based on the new law as soon as the amended bill is signed.
He said the commission is encouraged by the Senate president’s assurance to give the bill priority when the National Assembly reconvenes from its recess.
It was gathered that this followed the commitment by the president to assent to the bill as soon as the issue of mode of primaries by political parties is resolved.
We’ll reintroduce Electoral Bill, Gbajabiamila reveals
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, said the electoral act amendment bill will be reintroduced in the House on Wednesday, January 19.
Gbajabiamila said this on the floor of the green chamber on Tuesday, January 18, while addressing his colleagues who resumed sitting for the year.
The speaker said:
“The house will reintroduce the amendment tomorrow and we will work quickly to address the mitigating concern, pass the bill and send it to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent."
PDP governors urge National Assembly to override Buhari’s veto
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has urged the National Assembly to immediately conclude issues surrounding the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by overriding President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto.
The forum made the call in a communique at the end of its meeting on Monday, January 17, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
In the communique read by its chairman and Sokoto state governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, the governors said that overriding Buhari’s veto would quicken resolution of the issue.