January 27, 2023

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2023 polls: All int’l observer teams invited, INEC Chair tells ECOWAS


As a present of its dedication in direction of making certain transparency and credibility in subsequent 12 months’s common election, the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has reiterated that each one worldwide observer teams have beens invited  to watch the 2023 polls within the nation.

Chairman of the fee Prof. Mahmood Yakubu stated this when he acquired an ECOWAS delegation on an evaluation mission to Nigeria, led by Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the previous Chairman of the Electoral Fee of Ghana, on the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

Yakubu famous that with the election quick approaching, it has change into ritual for the fee to obtain worldwide observers, and disclosed that “we have now invited just about all worldwide organisations on the planet to come back and observe the 2023 common election in Nigeria.”

He stated election statement is a vital a part of making certain transparency and credibility in elections. “We now have at all times benefited from the perception of election statement missions.”

“As an illustration, you might be right here on fact-finding. We’ll hear from you, what you may have discovered to this point, which is able to assist us in concluding our preparations for the election. And I sit up for receiving any report on the finish of the method in February and March, in order that we will be taught much more from the within. “

The INEC Chairman used the chance to reaffirm the fee’s dedication to using expertise for the 2023 common election, saying, “Let me restate the dedication of INEC Nigeria to free, truthful, and credible elections pushed by expertise.”

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“The 2023 common election in Nigeria will likely be pushed by expertise not solely as a matter of authorized requirement but additionally as a matter after all, for us within the Fee.

“So, I wish to guarantee the ECOWAS workforce that we’re dedicated to delivering a reputable election within the subsequent 4 months and some days, which will likely be Nigeria’s seventh successive election because the restoration of democracy in 1999,” he added.

Talking on behalf of the ECOWAS delegation earlier, Dr. Remi Ajibewa underscored the necessary function of Nigeria within the sub-region, stressing the necessity for a peaceable election within the nation.

He defined that the workforce was in Nigeria to fulfill and work together with all stakeholders within the electoral course of, together with the Fee, as a way to know the nation’s degree of preparedness for the 2023 common election.