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INEC Chairman Vows 2023 election will hold as Scheduled

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Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has said his Commission was determined to ensure the conduct of 2023 general elections, in spite of prevailing security threats across the country.

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Professor Yakubu restated his Commission determination on Thursday in Abuja in his remarks during the public presentation of the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan and the 2023 Election Project Plan held at Sheraton Hotel.

The INEC Chairman urged eligible voters who have registered in the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) to make efforts to pick their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) but warned that it would not be collected by proxy.

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National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, who was represented by Sanusi Galadima noted that the introduction of Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, (BIVAS) has boosted INEC credibility.

In his Speech, the INEC Chairman Said the Strategic Plan 2022-2026 and the 2023 Election Project Plan drew lessons from, and thoroughly reviewed, the level of implementation of the last plans. They build on the successes of the preceding plans, especially in the planning and conduct of the 2019 General Election as well as off-cycle and bye-elections.

“The backdrop of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current security situation in the country, both plans had to prioritise the institutionalisation of the Commission’s processes for the effective delivery of its mandate by focusing on capacity-building, the promotion of professionalism, encouraging greater synergy among departments, improving efficient utilisation of resources, increased deployment of technology as well as greater sensitivity to threats to the electoral process as well as election personnel and infrastructure”

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“These concerns are reflected in the Plan’s five strategic objectives, each of which identified several key actions, key activities and key outcomes that constitute a broad guide to the vision of the Commission to provide electoral operations, systems and infrastructure to support the delivery of free, fair, credible and inclusive elections. 

THE Plan also forms the basis for the Election Project Plan which focuses on five key objectives identified by the Commission as critical for the successful conduct of the 2023 General Election”

The ongoing Continuous Voter registration (CVR) exercise will  end on 30th June 2022 and all eligible voters that are yet to register are advised to do so on or before that date if they intend to vote.

Furthermore, the PVCs of validly registered voters from the first and second quarters are already available for collection at designated centres nationwide

Professor Yakubu urges Nigerians who registered between June and December 2021 to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in person as no PVCs will be collected by proxy.

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He also reassure those who registered between January and March 2022 as well as those who are doing so until the end of the exercise that their PVCs will be ready for collection long before the 2023 General Election.

For emphasis, the Commission once again reiterates that PVCs have no expiry dates,  those who lost voters cards or whose cards are damaged to approach any of the registration centres to apply for replacement.

Similarly, voters who had issues with their accreditation in previous elections have been encouraged to revalidate and update their information. In addition, those who wish to transfer their registration from one location to another within a particular State or to relocate entirely to another State of the Federation can do so at any of the registration centres nationwide. These steps are in compliance with the law in order to serve Nigerians better.

 

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