The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the rules and procedures for the country’s general elections.
Specifically, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman, made the announcement at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday, June 3. This was during a meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).
“With the coming into force of the Electoral Act 2022; it has become necessary to review the commission’s regulations and guidelines to govern the conduct of elections,” he said.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the Electoral Act 2022 and the regulations and guidelines constitute the electoral legal framework.
“On several occasions, the commission has assured Nigerians that we are finalising the regulations; and guidelines for the elections. I am glad to announce that the document is ready and will be presented to Nigerians shortly. The soft copy will be uploaded to our website with the link shared on our social media platforms.”
With the publishing of the regulations and guidelines, as well as the earlier publication of the Strategic Plan (SP) 2022-2026 and Election Project Plan 2023; the electoral umpire has effectively completed the preparation processes for the 2023 elections, according to the INEC chief.
Further, he stated that the training material would be delivered to Nigerians in the coming weeks; and that INEC would concentrate on election management in the future.
Logistics, training, voter education, technology, anti-voting fraud awareness, inclusion measures, and security are among the areas identified by Yakubu.
Meanwhile, Bola Tinubu has asked delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State to end the lingering crisis or lose the 2023 general elections to the opposition.
The APC chieftain issued the warning on Thursday, June 2. This was while addressing delegates in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital; four days to the commencement of the ruling party’s national convention where he is one of the frontline presidential aspirants.
Tinubu and his supporters, who were in Pacesetter State to woo APC delegates ahead of the party’s presidential primary election said; he was aware that there are some aggrieved members of the party.
“I want to tell you this; those of you having bickering amongst you must all come together and ensure it all ends. Let the crisis end immediately or you all lose the election,” he said.
“Let it all end. I shall return to Oyo State because there’s no time for extensive discussion today. The crisis between the two factions must be sorted out.”