‘Nigeria’s Electoral Process too Archaic, Cumbersome and Expensive’- INEC
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that Nigeria’s next presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in his goodwill message at the inauguration of the special ad-hoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution at the House of Representatives on Thursday, said It calls for laws to allow electronic voting, stricter punishment and special court for electoral offences ahead of 2023.
“This is what happens in Ghana; every Ghanaian knows that every December 7 is Election Day. Every American knows that the first Tuesday of November of an election year is the Election Day. In Nigeria, it is the second Saturday of February in the election year. Therefore, when is the 2023 general election going to hold? It is the second Saturday of February of the election year.
“Hence, There must be a way, either by way of an amendment to the legal framework or the Constitution, to effectively penalise electoral offenders in this country. You cannot have a flourishing democracy in which laws are violated with impunity and nothing happens. So, there must be a mechanism by which they should be discouraged”, INEC Boss added.
Yakubu also called for legal backing for electronic voting, saying, “Our election is too manual, too expensive, too cumbersome, too archaic. The process of collating results is sometimes chaotic but the law says that you must write results manually and collate them manually right from the polling unit to the ward, from the ward to the local government, then the state; and from the state to the national level in the case of a presidential election.”
“So, between now and the next presidential election is 855 days, you have a very limited time for the Constitution amendment”, Yakubu said.