INEC captures surge of Igbo voters

Voter registration in Nigeria resumes on 28-June, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chair Prof. Mahmood Yakubu announced today 19 May.

Voter registration is in a to-do list for INEC as it prepares for the 2023 general elections 640 days away.

Other tasks that the Commission tackles include update of registration software to accommodate newly established polling units.

The Agency is also pressing forward with preparations for by-elections in Kano and Jigawa on 19 June, Yakubu said. INEC is also awaiting a declaration by the National Assembly that there are two vacancies in Plateau and Kaduna States.

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These activities were announced today in Abuja as Chairman met with his state resident electoral commissions.

Yakubu said INEC will prioritize the 6 November Anambra Governorship election and the 12 February 2022 FCT Area Council election.

Preparing for 2023 general elections

INEC said today that it will finalize, compile and code new polling units and will make the information public.

“I am glad to inform you that the option of converting existing voting points and voting point settlements into full-fledged polling units and situating them in the most agreeable locations to support increased voter access was overwhelmingly accepted by Nigerians.

“Consequently, the commission has, in the last three weeks concluded the actual exercise as well as the verification of the newly established polling units.

“The commission wishes to thank all Nigerians for their support in addressing the 25-year-old problem,” Yakubu said.

The INEC chair also announced that they are putting finishing touches on a Strategic Project Plan for the 2023 general elections.

“The idea is to complete the plan early enough and make sure that we are fully ready for the election, which is now only 640 days away,” he said.

The plan, covering the period 2022 to 2026, will replace the 2016 to 2021 plan that has run its course, he said.

 “The Strategic Plan and the Strategic Programme of Action will serve as the framework and guiding document for the work of the commission for the 2023 general election and beyond,” he said.

He reviewed INEC’s activities over the past two months and scored the Agency a passmark.

“On the positive side, the commission … conducted 28 out of 32 bye-elections across the country since the 2019 general election

“This is in addition to four end-of tenure governorship elections in Bayelsa, Edo, Kogi, and Ondo States.

According to him, the by-elections took place in 20 states, involved six senatorial districts, seven federal constituencies, and 18 state constituencies. There was also a councillorship constituency election in Abaji Ward of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he said.

The lesson from those activities he said is the reality that “elections have become an all-year-round undertaking” for the Commission, he said.

Voter registration in Nigeria resumes on 28-June, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chair Prof. Mahmood Yakubu announced today 19 May.