- INEC has sent a strong signal to politicians vying for the nations most exalted seat, the presidency in 2023
- The commission stated that regarding the 2023 campaigns, politicians bank accounts would be seriously monitored so also funding
- The electoral body also noted that teams would be in place to monitor the movement of money on election days to check vote-buying
The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has sent a strong message to politicians and political parties, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The commission has vowed to beam its searchlight on politicians and political parties in a bid to track the sources of funds for their campaigns, Vanguard reports.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who stated this at an event organised by The Electoral Forum in Abuja on Friday, January 21, also said the electoral umpire would also monitor the movement of money on election days to help tackle vote-buying at polling units, Daily Trust added.
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Represented by Prof. Ajayi Kunle, who is INEC’s National Commissioner in-charge of party monitoring committee, Mahmood said;
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“We are going to establish finance monitoring teams and they will be among the electorate but they (politicians and political parties) won’t know."
Professor Jega asks Buhari to give nod to electoral bill
Recall that a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, at the citizens' townhall, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill on time.
Jega stated that INEC needs the law in place to begin serious preparations for the 2023 elections.
He admitted that some issues in the bill need clarification, but added that other aspects of the document deserve the president's nod.
Going back memory lane, the former INEC boss stated that since 2010, Nigeria has not had any notable improvement in its electoral laws.
2023: If elected president, WASSCE fees would be paid for every Nigerian child - Tinubu
In another report, Tinubu has promised to pay the West African Senior School Certificate Examination fees for every Nigerian child if he is elected president.
The APC chieftain made the statement in a video shared by The Cable on Wednesday, January 19.
His words: “Your children's West African examination fees will be paid by us, so that no one, no matter how poor, will be left behind."