Just In: INEC Announces New Dates For 2023 General Elections
- The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced alterations to the timetable for the 2023 general elections.
- According to INEC, the Presidential and National Assembly elections will now hold on Saturday, February 25, 2023
- The electoral umpire insisted that governorship and state houses of assembly elections will hold on March 11, 2023
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced new dates for the 2023 elections.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu, national chairman of the commission, made this known at a news conference in Abuja, the Federal capital, Channels TV reports.
He said presidential and national assembly elections will now hold on Saturday, February 25, 2023, while governorship and state houses of assembly elections will hold on March 11, 2023, Vanguard newspaper added.
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He said the new date is to allow for conformity with the provisions of the Electoral laws which stipulates that elections notice be published at least 260 days to the elections
The INEC boss also said the Electoral guidelines will also be published in due course.
Why INEC may shift election
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the electoral umpire indicated it may have to postpone the scheduled conduct of the 2023 general elections if Buhari acts on the electoral bill sent to him after February 22.
INEC in a statement by Dr. Festus Okoye, the national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education committee said the meeting is to deliberate on the way forward for the polls next year, The Guardian added.
According to him, the meeting is to deliberate on issues around the signing of the Electoral Act, tight timelines imbedded in the bill. Other matters to be discussed include the issuance of notice for the election as well as the date for the release of the timetable and schedule of activities.
He said the meeting will also determine actions to be taken on the issuance of 2023 electoral timelines.
2023: Atiku reacts to Buhari signing electoral bill, reveals what INEC must do
Legit.ng previously reported that ahead of the 2023 general elections, Atiku Abubakar on Friday, February 25, called on INEC to roll out election guidelines.
Atiku explained that the electoral commission needs to make the move now that the legal framework for the 2023 elections is in place.
The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate made the remark in a tweet shortly after President Buhari signed into law the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2022.