Electoral Amendment Bill: INEC Holds Extraordinary Meeting Today

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will on Saturday make public its position on the 2022 Electoral Amendment Bill singed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

The commission disclosed this in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in Abuja on Friday.

Mr Okoye said the commission’s submission would be made known after INEC extraordinary meeting scheduled for Saturday.

He described the signing of the bill as historic being the fourth time since the restoration of democracy in 1999 that it would be repealed and re-enacted.

He added that the Act contains many progressive provisions that would facilitate the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

“The nation now has the Electoral Act 2022 which replaces the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“Together with the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the new Act constitutes the principal law to govern the conduct of future elections, including the 2023 General Elections.

“Given the tight timelines contained in the new law, the commission fully appreciates the importance of proceeding with their implementation in earnest.

“Consequently, an extraordinary meeting of the commission is scheduled for tomorrow(Feb. 26) . Thereafter, a statement will be issued on the way forward,” Mr Okoye said.

With the Electoral Act in place, INEC is expected to commence the 2023 election activities immediately.

 

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