2023 ELECTION: INEC Send Powerful Message To Nigerians Over Tinubu, Obi, Kwankwaso & Atiku Preferredness
In relation to the political parties or candidates in the 2023 presidential election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that it has no preferences.
At the 4th Abubakar Momoh Memorial Lecture, which was held in Abuja on Wednesday, August 3, INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu provided the assurance in his keynote speech.
Yakubu promised to ensure that all valid votes were counted and that voters fairly selected the winners. The commission, which was represented by Chairman Board of Electoral Institute Abdullahi Zuru, stated:
” As the 2023 general elections draw near, it is imperative for all stakeholders especially the political parties note the major features introduced by the new Electoral Act 2022 and the possible implications of these changes on the upcoming elections: the happenings that accompanied the recent party primaries attest to this.
” These changes include amongst others, the conduct of early party primaries by political parties, technological changes in the electoral process, the commission’ s power to review the decision of the Returning Officer and overvoting based on the number of accredited voters.
” These new initiatives as contained in the law served as the bedrock for the reviewed Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections 2022 released by the commission on May 24, 2022. This in turn dictated the review of the Manual for Election Officials, 2022.