The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged the Ninth National Assembly to prioritize the amendment of the Electoral Act. INEC wants this done ahead of the 2023 general election.
This statement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu in Abuja on Thursday. It happened during the presentation of certificates of return to newly-elected members of the National Assembly.
He said: “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.
“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 a good time well ahead of the 2023 general election.’’
He also explained that the delay in the review of electoral reforms, especially when the elections are close, leaves little time to develop processes; including regulations and guidelines.
He was glad that among the senators-elect are senators that the commission has worked very closely with; adding that some of them have taken initiative or even sponsored private member bills. All in a bid to advance the cause of electoral reform.
“We look forward to working very closely with you in the next Senate,” he said.