- Political parties across Nigeria may have to stick to the timetable for the 2023 general elections drawn by INEC
- The commission's national chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, in a meeting with parties leaders on Friday, May 27, said political parties are asking for an extension of days
- Yakubu, however, noted on Friday that the parties had requested an extension of between 37 and 60 days
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday, May 27, reacted to the request to adjust the timetable for the 2023 elections.
INEC's chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, during a meeting between the commission and leaders of political parties on the platform of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), said the request is different from the earlier demand for an extension of between 37 to 60 days The Nation reports.
Responding to the adjusted request, Yakubu said the commission will give its position on the amended request in due time after the meeting.
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“This meeting is convened from the request of the political parties, so this is distinct from our regular consultative meetings. We have heard from the IPAC Chairman who on behalf of the political parties again requested for a review of our election timelines.
“It appears that the proposition this time around is different. From the request made earlier which the Commission has responded emphatically, for emphasis, the request for last time was for an extension for between 37 days and 60 days, on this, the position of the Commission has not changed.
"Such request will not be entertained in view of the line up of activities already released and published. It appears the parties have presented a modified request, for what the Chairman I called a little adjustment, we will now discuss further to understand the basis for this little adjustment, thereafter the Commission will meet and issue a statement."
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Meanwhile, INEC had said that there would be no room to reschedule the forthcoming general elections in 2023.
The update was made known by the electoral body’s chairman, information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye who spoke to journalists on Monday, May 16.
Similarly, the electoral body through its national commissioner, Kunle Ajayi prompted political parties to be aware of the stipulated deadline to conclude their various primary elections which will elapse on Friday, June 3.