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Insecurity: 2023 Election will Hold, says INEC Chairman

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INEC-National Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Thursday (April 21) retained that the 2023 forthcoming general election will hold despite the security situation in Nigeria.

INEC Boss announced this in Abuja at a public presentation of the 2023 election project plan and 2022-2026 strategic plan

Electoral Chairman said that the reports submitted were the third series of strategic election plans since the period of purposeful planning of elections launched in 2012.

We are also mindful of the security situations and their effect on the electoral procedure. We will proceed with and also engage early and intensely with the security mechanisms to secure the safety of equipment, our staff, accredited witnesses and the media agencies and, above all, the electorates,” he remarked.

“Clearly, these are trying times but we are determined that forthcoming election must hold. However, this is a shared burden. Electoral Commission plays a significant role but the body alone cannot provide the elections we all aspire.”

The 2023 elections will be organized by the 2022 amended Electoral Act which incorporates provisions that will improve the ability and capacity of INEC to better regulate the electoral operation.

While promising to assure the protection of electoral staff and equipments, accredited collaborators, media agencies, and electorates, He called for assistance of all Nigerian citizens to successfully administer the elections.

INEC has carefully listened to the request of Nigerian citizens for seamless procedures, especially with respect to strengthened voter education, favorable distribution of voters to polling units, excellence exercise of election staff, the functionality of electronic equipments, enhanced logistics, prompt commencement of polls, availability of assistive appliances for persons with disability at polling units and incredible transparency in result surveillance,” Commission Boss stated.

“Let once again note that the planned dates for all activities in the time-table and list of activities for the forthcoming general election are strong and fixed and all stakeholders are urged to take this into deliberation in scheduling their activities.”