The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has stated that it will clean out the voter register ahead of the 2023 general elections, to ensure the credibility of the polls.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure during the handing over ceremony to usher him in for a second five-year term as INEC Chairman, held at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, today.
According to him, the focal point of INEC is the continuation of the Continous Voter Register, CVR, in the first quarter of 2021, which will continue six months to the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
“We are also bent on cleaning out the voter register for effective and credible elections come 2023.
“We also intend to deploy technology in our subsequent elections. I am back and work continues earnestly,” he added.
He said the Commission’s work has commenced and that haven been to the Senate for his screening, he has urged them to complete work on the Electoral Act amendment bill before the end of the first quarter of 2021.
The Acting Chairman, AVM Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu (rtd) said in line with keeping to the mandate of the Commission, that the conduct of the 15 bye-elections conducted on 5 December was done with all fairness to reflect the neutrality of INEC and ensure peoples’ votes count.
He maintained that though there were serious challenges like the loss of six (6) Police personnel in Bayelsa state whose boat capsized and other challenges that were peculiar to the different terrain were the elections were conducted, but the staff and the ad-hoc staff played their roles in ensuring credible bye-elections.
AVM Mu’azu also commended the critical stakeholders like the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, the media, and others who played their part in ensuring the bye-elections was a success.
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