INEC releases guidelines for 2023 general elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released regulations and guidelines for the conduct of general elections in the country in 2023.
Releasing the guidelines and regulations on Friday, 3 June, 2022 in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, noted that the Commission has concluded its formal preparations for the elections.
He however said the commission would present a training manual to Nigerians in the coming weeks, adding that the commission will henceforth focus on logistics, training, voter education, technology, sensitisation against vote-buying, inclusivity measures and security, among others.
He stressed that the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) would continue to play a critical role and extended the appreciation of the electoral umpire to all security agencies for their support.
“With the coming into force of the Electoral Act 2022, it has become necessary to review the Commission’s Regulations and Guidelines to govern the conduct of elections. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the Electoral Act 2022 and the Regulations and Guidelines constitute the electoral legal framework,” the regulations and guidelines for the elections reads.
“On several occasions, the Commission has assured Nigerians that we are finalizing the Regulations and Guidelines for the elections. I am glad to announce that the document is ready and will be presented to Nigerians shortly. The soft copy will be uploaded to our website with the link shared on our social media platforms.
“With the release of the Regulations and Guidelines today, and the publication of the Strategic Plan (SP) 2022-2026 and Election Project Plan 2023 earlier, the Commission has virtually concluded the planning processes for the 2023 General Election nine months ahead of the election.
“In the next couple of weeks, the training manual will also be presented to Nigerians. Going forward, the Commission will focus on election administration: logistics, training, voter education, technology, sensitisation against vote-buying, inclusivity measures and, above all, security. ICCES will continue to play a critical role and the Commission appreciates the support of all security agencies.
“Nigerians may recall that the ongoing CVR started a year ago. For the first time, the Commission introduced online pre-registration as well as physical registration at designated centres.
“As the deadline for the suspension of the CVR i.e. 30th June 2022 approaches, long queues are building up, especially in some states in the South East, Lagos, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Commission had anticipated the last-minute surge and therefore established additional centres and deployed more machines to register citizens.
“Unfortunately, the security situation in many parts of the country has not allowed full deployment as planned. In some states of the Federation, INEC registration officers were attacked resulting not only in the unfortunate destruction of buildings and loss of equipment but even worse, the death of a staff. This has forced the closure of some of the registration centres.
“However, in view of the surge, additional machines will be deployed to some of the most congested areas to ease the surge. Similarly, the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) have been directed to liaise with the security agencies and stakeholders on the possibility of reopening some of the centres earlier closed because of insecurity, but in doing so, they must always bear in mind the safety of registrants and registration officials.
“Furthermore, the RECs are directed to do more to provide information, increase awareness of the processes and more promptly respond to genuine complaints by citizens.
“The Commission appreciates the support of partners and critical stakeholders in mobilising citizens to register. We look forward to such a partnership to encourage registered voters to collect their PVCs and for increased voter turnout on Election Day.”