The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, says the commission has commenced plans for the 2023 general elections with the ongoing series of review of 2019 general elections.
The Chairman made this known today at the 2019 Post Election Review Meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs in Ikeja, Lagos saying the commission was determined to improving the electoral process.
According to him, the first meeting in the series was held in Abuja with RECs, commission’s officials, all electoral officers in the 774 LGAs, leaders of political parties, the media, civil society organisations and security agencies among others.
In his welcome address, the Lagos INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Sam Olumekun, said the conduct of 2019 elections would not be complete until the review of the exercise, to chat the way forward.
He added that holding collation or returning officers hostage to declare results under duress remained a repugnant and a discredit to the integrity of elections.
In his address, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Planning, Monitoring and Strategy Committee PMSC, Dr Mustapha Lecky, said the review of the policies and programmes of the last elections would serve as a road map for Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections and 2023 general elections.
President, European Center for Electoral Support ECES, Ms Monica Frassoni, in her goodwill message said the center considered it a privilege to be part of the review as well as giving assistance to INEC and the electoral system in Nigeria.