The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) has embarked on a review of the 2019 general elections to determine areas requiring improvement for better outcomes in 2023.
The review would enable the Commission to determine areas requiring legislative action before the 2023 elections.
INEC would work with the National Assembly (NASS) to get good legislative framework that will lead to the conduct of better elections in 2023.
Mr Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education, confirmed in Kaduna on Sunday and said: “What we normally do after every election is to start preparing for next election.’
“We have finished what we call first state level review of the 2019 election, we have also done the review of the election with our electoral officers. This week we are going to review the election with political parties, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.’’
He reported that the electoral body would move to Lagos next week to have a review with its administrative secretaries and our Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC).
“We are going to harvest and document all these reviews, look at the recommendations that have legislative flavour and work with the leadership of NASS to make sure we get good legislative framework that will lead us to conduct good election in 2023.
“The ones that need administrative review we will do it administratively. So we are getting ready, there is significant lessons arising from 2019 election, we are taking all this on board by starting our own reviews,” he said.
Okoye added that the Commission was also reviewing the reports of local and international observers on the 2019 elections.
“We are looking at those reports critically, the ones that are positive we are going to take the positive massage along with us and consolidate on them, the negative aspect of their reports we are going to look on them and also harvest what we believe are harvestable.
“The purpose is improving the electoral regime and electoral framework,” the INEC national commissioner said.