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INEC assures Nigerians of higher standards in 2023 polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured  Nigerians of setting higher standards in the forthcoming  2023 general elections.

The chairman of the independent electoral body, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, ably represented by the commissioner for Information and Voter Education, INEC, Mr Festus Okoye said this on Friday, at the Public Presentation of the Final Report on the Observation of the 2022 Ekiti and Osun Governorship Elections, organised by Yiaga Africa, in Abuja.

Yakubu admitted that the commission would continue to learn valuable lessons from those who observed the governorship elections and improve on them.

“But our assurance is that this commission will not lower the bar and we are going to improve and we continue to improve with every election

“All the good practices we deployed in prosecuting the elections under review will also be deployed for the prosecution of the 2023 general election.

“This commission will continue to upload polling unit results to our INEC results viewing portal; this commission will not depart from it.

Yakubu also said there will be inclusiveness in the process in terms of knowing what is going on at the various polling units through INEC’s processes and procedures.

“There are creative and innovative provisions that have been imputed into the Electoral Act 2022 that has changed the framework and dynamics of election management and result management in Nigeria.”

“Unless we have a good knowledge of these documents, it will be very difficult for us to follow the trajectory of the electoral process and some of the innovations and some of the changes the commission we make and we continue to make towards improving the character and content and context of elections.

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