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Con­sti­tu­tion re­view: INEC seeks e-vot­ing, an­nounces date for 2023 polls

- By Balarabe Alka­s­sim U.S. News · Politics · Elections · Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria · Congress of the United States

Chair­man of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC), Prof. Mah­mud Yakubu yes­ter­day asked for the re­place­ment of the cur­rent man­ual vot­ing with elec­tronic sys­tem.

Yakubu said this at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Spe­cial Com­mit­tee on the Re­view of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion in Abuja.

"We have to ad­dress our elec­toral process which is man­ual. It is too ex­pen­sive and cum­ber­some. The process of col­lat­ing re­sult is some­times chaotic be­cause 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 the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion,” he said.

He also called for the es­tab­lish­ment of elec­toral of­fences com­mis­sion to pun­ish elec­toral of­fend­ers.

“You can­not have a flour­ish­ing democ­racy in which laws are vi­o­lated with im­punity and noth­ing is done about that,” he said. The INEC chair­man said that the next gen­eral elec­tions would be held on Fe­bru­ary 23, 2023.

“There­fore, when is the 2023 gen­eral elec­tion go­ing to hold? It will hold on the third Saturday of Fe­bru­ary of the elec­tion year which is Fe­bru­ary 18 2023. That means that from to­day (yes­ter­day) till the 2023 gen­eral elec­tions, we have ex­actly 855 days.” Yakubu said.

Guest Speaker at the in­au­gu­ra­tion, Prof. Dakas Dakas called on the com­mit­tee to ad­dress the is­sues of ref­er­en­dum, re­struc­tur­ing and de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers among oth­ers.

The pro­fes­sor of law called on the law­mak­ers to avoid pit­falls in their quest to re­view the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion, stress­ing that their pri­or­i­ties should be that the peo­ples’ ex­pec­ta­tions were met.

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