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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that it has the capacity and courage to face challenges that the 2023 general election may bring.
Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of INEC, who was represented by Festus Okoye, INEC commissioner for information and voter education, said this on Friday at the launch of Yiaga Africa watching the vote report on the conduct of 2022 Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.
Okoye said the commission has taken lessons from the recently conducted Ekiti and Osun governorship elections and will improve on its strategies in conducting elections in 2023.
“I want to seize this opportunity to assure Nigeria that this present commission will be bold and courageous in prosecuting the 2023 general elections,” he said.
“We are going to harvest and we will continue to harvest lessons from the Edo governorship election, the Ondo governorship election the Anambra governorship election, the Ekiti and the Osun governorship elections in shaping the way we approach the 2023 general election.
“We are going to harvest all the good practices, we are also going to look at some of those issues we did not do so well and we will improve on them.
“But our assurance is that this commission will not lower the bar and we are going to improve and we continue to improve with every election.
“All the good practices we deployed in prosecuting the elections under review will also be deployed for the prosecution of the 2023 general election.
“We encourage civil society groups and organisations we encourage the media, political parties and all the critical stakeholders to study the Electoral Act 2022 to have a working knowledge of the provisions of the Electoral Act.
“The Electoral Act 2022 is different from the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. There are creative and innovative provisions that have been imputed into the Electoral Act 2022 That has changed the framework and dynamics of election management and result management in Nigeria.
“Unless we have a good knowledge of these documents, it will be very difficult for us to follow the trajectory of the electoral process and some of the innovations and some of the changes the commission will make and will continue to make towards improving the character and content and context of elections.
This commission will continue to upload polling unit results to our INEC results viewing portal. This commission will not depart from it.
“The Nigerian people will be involved in every inch of the process in terms of knowing what is going on at the various polling units through our processes and procedures.
“We plead for the understanding of Nigerians we plead for the cooperation of Nigerians because we recognise the fact that the 2023 election will be challenging, but we have the capacity, and we also have the courage to face those challenges in a very broad and courageous manner.”