The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled Nigeria’s next presidential election for February 18, 2023.
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at the inauguration of the House of Representatives committee on the review of 1999 Constitution on Thursday in Abuja.
Yakubu urged the federal lawmakers to hasten the Constitution review process so that it will not affect the timeline of the 2023 general elections.
The INEC Chairman also used the event to urge the federal government to replace the current manual voting with electronic system in the 2023 elections.
He urged the National Assembly to ensure electronic voting was accommodated in the planned amendment as the country’s electoral process was “too manual and very archaic”.
Yakubu said, “You have seen what we achieved in Edo where we were able to upload results electronically. So, the impediment must be removed.”
The INEC Chairman also wants the federal government to establish electoral offences commission to handle prosecution of electoral offenders.
Yakubu urged for inclusion of punitive measures for electoral offenders in the planned constitutional review.
He also noted that the decision to conduct the 2023 presidential election on February 18 was in line with a principle INEC established before the 2015 general elections that presidential elections should hold on the second Saturday in February, every four years.
“Going by this decision, from today we will have 855 days to the general election; so, we have very limited time for the constitutional review,” said Yakubu.