The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged elected members of the Ninth National Assembly to prioritize amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 as altered ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu made the call in Abuja on Thursday while presenting Certificates of Return to newly elected members of the National Assembly.
He noted that as a matter of urgency, the Commission would begin work on post 2019 elections review in a bid to provide a feasible and workable road map to the next general elections in 2023.
“There is a lot of work but very little time available. As a process governed by law, the success of elections in Nigeria depends to a large extent on the electoral legal framework and most importantly in ensuring adherence to the law.
“I want to assure you that we will continue to work with the National Assembly to review and strengthen our electoral law but I want to appeal to the senators-elect to please start work early and conclude work on electoral framework in a good time well ahead of the 2023 general election,” Prof. Yakubu said.
He added that the tendency to delay electoral reforms, especially the review of electoral framework leaves the Commission with little time to develop processes, including regulations and guidelines.