Elections in 2023, despite the country’s insecurity and other difficulties, are expected to go through as planned, according to INEC.
At the public unveiling of the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan (SP) and the 2023 Election Project Plan (EPP) in Abuja on Thursday, INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu announced as much.
A third set of strategic electoral plans had been created since 2012, according to him, and this was their most recent iteration.
Even if conditions are tough, we’re adamant that the next election will take place in 2023. As a result, this is a joint effort. Despite the importance of INEC’s role, we can’t rely on it alone to ensure that the elections we all want are held.
In order to ensure that this process is a success, I therefore urge to all Nigerians. As a reminder, “all actions under the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election are hard and set, and all stakeholders are asked to take this into consideration while organising their activities,” Yakubu stated.
Ten months before the 2023 General Election, he acknowledged his joy at the completion of the preparations.
There are 1,491 seats up for grabs in this year’s election: 109 senatorial districts; 360 federal constituencies; 28 gubernatorial races; and 993 state seats up for grabs.
A total of 176,846 polling units (PUs) across 8,809 Wards and 774 Local Government Areas around the country will be staffed by an estimated one million electoral officials (both permanent and temporary or ad hoc workers).
According to him, a new Electoral Act 2022, which includes several progressive elements aimed at improving the commission’s ability to conduct elections and administer the electoral process, will regulate this election cycle as well.
There are three crucial aspects to do this, according to Yakubu. First and foremost, we may draw on the lessons learned from prior elections. To further strengthen voting integrity and enhance the voter experience, new technologies are being used. Third, the planning culture is institutionalised.
“The Commission has been directed by these factors through three successive general elections and various off-cycle and bye elections. As a result, our elections are growing better, the outcomes of our elections are becoming less controversial, and the voter experience of the electoral system is becoming more participative and inclusive.
Prioritizing institutionalisation of commission processes for effective delivery of its mandate, both plans had to focus on capacity-building, professionalism, encouraging greater synergy among departments, improving efficiency in resources, increasing deployment of technology as well as greater sensitivity to threats in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current security situation.”
Accordingly, the Plan’s five strategic objectives include many important actions and key results that serve as a broad guide to the commission’s vision for providing electoral operations, systems, and infrastructure to enable the execution of fair and credible elections.”
Moreover, the plan serves as a foundation for the Election Project Plan, which focuses on five main objectives defined by the Commission as essential for a successful General Election in 2023.”