Nigeria’s electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec), on Thursday called on Senators-elect to quicken work on the review of the electoral legal framework.
The commission’s boss, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the call at a ceremony for the Issuance of Certificates of Return to Senators for the country’s ninth assembly.
Speaking at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Yakubu said that late conclusion of the review of the electoral law would affect Inec’s implementation of the framework for Nigeria’s next general election in 2023.
“There is a lot of work but very little time available. As a process governed by law, the success of election in Nigeria depends to a large extent on the electoral legal framework and most importantly, in ensuring adherence to the law,” he said.
“I want to assure you that we will continue to work with the National Assembly to review and strengthen our Electoral Law.
“But I want to appeal to the Senators-elect to please start work early and conclude work on the electoral framework in good time well ahead of the 2023 general elections.”
The Inec chairman said that the commission looked forward to working very closely with the senators-elect in deepening the country’s electoral process.
Those issued certificates included Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Enugu West (PDP); Mohammed Sabo, Jigawa South West (APC); Philip Aduda, FCT(PDP) and Sen. Dino Malaiye Kogi West (PDP).
Also at the ceremony were Baba Kaita, Kastina North (APC); Omo-Agege Ovie Delta Central(APC); Ibrahim Gandam, Yobe North (APC); Abdul’Aziz Yari Zamfara North (APC); Kaura Yahaya, Zamfara West(APC) and Ifeanyi Uba, Anambra South (YPP).
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