INEC pleads with national assembly to pass electoral legal framework
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has disclosed that the commission hopes to release the timetable for the general elections immediately after the Anambra governorship election scheduled to hold on the 6th of November 2021.
He disclosed this in his keynote address during the Senate Committee on INEC Public Hearing on National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2021 ( SB,220).
Yakubu however stated that in order to release the timetable and other plans the national assembly needs to quickly pass the amended Electoral act that will govern the 2023 general election.
“We are confident that the National Assembly will conclude work on the legal framework in earnest. The commission is anxious to know the legal framework to govern the conduct of the 2023 general elections. By the principle established by the commission, the 2023 general elections will hold on Saturday, 18 February, 2023 which is exactly one year, nine months, two weeks and six days away from today.
We hope to release the timetable for the general elections immediately after the Anambra governorship election scheduled to hold on the 6th of November 2021.
“In order to do so, there should be clarity and certainty about the electoral legal framework to govern the 2023 general election.
“We are confident that the national assembly will do the needful and to do so in earnest.”
Speaking on the Electoral Offences Commission Bill he said: “We believe that the committee on INEC in the Senate is on the right trajectory by going this far on the Bill.
“However, while we are excited by today’s public hearing, I will like to reiterate our appeal to the National Assembly for the expeditious passage of the Electoral Offences Commission Bill and the pending review of the Electoral Legal Framework generally.
While lending his voice in support of the proposed National Electoral Offences Commission, the INEC Chairman said its establishment would help to mitigate threats to the electoral process by party things and their sponsors who always frustrate, free, fair and credible elections in the country.
“We will like to see more prosecution offenders not just of ballot box snatchers and falsifiers of a result of the election. But most importantly, their sponsors. We look forward to the day when highly placed sponsors of thuggery including chieftains of political parties and candidates will be prosecuted.
“By doing so, we believe that we will send an even bigger message.”