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2023: INEC Has No Preferred Candidate – Mahmoud

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will strictly apply legislation, including the Electoral Act 2022, without fear or favor, to guarantee free, fair, credible, inclusive, and transparent 2023 general elections.

At the fourth memorial lecture in honor of the late Abubakar Momoh, director-general of The Electoral Institute (TEI), who passed away on May 29, 2017, INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu announced this on Wednesday in Abuja.

Abdullahi Zuru, national commissioner and board chairman of the Electoral Institute, is Mr. Yakubu’s representative.

As former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, former governor of Anambra Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and Bola Tinubu of the APC vie to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in office next year, Mr. Yakubu reassured Nigerians that INEC has no favoured party or candidate.

The chairman advised all parties involved, particularly political parties, to take note of the key changes made by the Electoral Act 2022 as the general elections of 2023 drew closer.

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“These changes include, amongst others, the conduct of early party primaries by political parties, technological changes in the electoral process,” the INEC boss explained. “The commission’s power to review the decision of the returning officer and overvoting based on the number of accredited voters.”

According to Mr. Yakubu, the new initiatives acted as the cornerstone for the 2022 revisions of the Manual for Election Officials and the Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections.

He admitted that it is now legal to use electronic devices for voter registration, results collation, and election administration in general.

He cites the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED), the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS), the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IRev), and other technological tools as examples.

“Please be assured that these innovations are intended to deepen the electoral process in our country. Their optimal performance in the just concluded gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun states is an eloquent testimony to their electoral value,” the INEC chief said.

He stated his conviction that party chairmen and members would be dedicated to making sure that the 2023 general elections would be free of intentional violations to the 2022 Electoral Act. He characterized the Electoral Act as ingredients for party building, stabilization of electoral rules, and democratic consolidation.

(NAN)

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will strictly apply legislation, including the Electoral Act 2022, without fear or favor, to guarantee free, fair, credible, inclusive, and transparent 2023 general elections.

At the fourth memorial lecture in honor of the late Abubakar Momoh, director-general of The Electoral Institute (TEI), who passed away on May 29, 2017, INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu announced this on Wednesday in Abuja.

Abdullahi Zuru, national commissioner and board chairman of the Electoral Institute, is Mr. Yakubu’s representative.

As former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, former governor of Anambra Peter Obi of the Labour Party, and Bola Tinubu of the APC vie to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in office next year, Mr. Yakubu reassured Nigerians that INEC has no favoured party or candidate.

The chairman advised all parties involved, particularly political parties, to take note of the key changes made by the Electoral Act 2022 as the general elections of 2023 drew closer.

READ MORE: Commander Reiterates Nigerian Military’s Neutrality

“These changes include, amongst others, the conduct of early party primaries by political parties, technological changes in the electoral process,” the INEC boss explained. “The commission’s power to review the decision of the returning officer and overvoting based on the number of accredited voters.”

According to Mr. Yakubu, the new initiatives acted as the cornerstone for the 2022 revisions of the Manual for Election Officials and the Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections.

He admitted that it is now legal to use electronic devices for voter registration, results collation, and election administration in general.

He cites the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED), the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS), the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IRev), and other technological tools as examples.

“Please be assured that these innovations are intended to deepen the electoral process in our country. Their optimal performance in the just concluded gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun states is an eloquent testimony to their electoral value,” the INEC chief said.

He stated his conviction that party chairmen and members would be dedicated to making sure that the 2023 general elections would be free of intentional violations to the 2022 Electoral Act. He characterized the Electoral Act as ingredients for party building, stabilization of electoral rules, and democratic consolidation.

(NAN)

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