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INEC Chairman Insists 2023 Elections Will Hold As Scheduled



INEC Chairman Insists 2023 Elections Will Hold As Scheduled

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made a U-turn on January 11 and declared that nothing would prevent the conduct of the elections on February 25 and March 11 just four days after raising concerns about a potential postponement or cancellation of the 2023 elections due to the increasing wave of insecurity in some parts of the country.

Remember how Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, the chairman of INEC’s Board of Electoral Institute (BEI), cautioned that the general election faces significant dangers of cancellation and postponement if security issues in various parts of the country don’t get better on Monday, January 9?

Zuru, who represented the commission’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, at the validation of election security training resources in Abuja, also expressed concerns that the cancellation or postponement of the elections due to insecurity in some areas would not only hinder the declaration of elections results, but also precipitate a constitutional crisis. Read here.

However, in his keynote address at the presentation of the National Register of Voters to the 18 registered political parties in Abuja, yesterday, INEC Chairman, Prof Yakubu, said security agencies have given strong assurances of adequate security and safety of electoral officials to allow for the conduct of peaceful and credible polls across states.

He said;

“The commission is not contemplating any adjustment to the election timetable, let alone the postponement of the general election. For the avoidance of doubt, the presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on Saturday February 25, 2023 while Governorship and State Assembly elections will hold two weeks later on Saturday, March 11, 2023.

The repeated assurance by the security agencies for the adequate protection of our personnel, materials and processes also reinforces our determination to proceed. The 2023 general election will hold as scheduled. Any report to the contrary is not the official position of the commission.

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