INEC TIME TABLE
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The Nigerian Electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the time table for the remaining events in order to guide all concerned bodies and individuals:
1. Presidential/ National Assembly Campaign: Sept 28th 2022 to February 23rd
It would be recalled that the commission had earlier announced February 18, 2023, for the presidential election. However, on Saturday, the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, told journalists that new dates have been fixed for the elections.
According to him, Presidential and National Assembly elections would hold on February 25, 2023,, while governorship and State Assembly elections will now be held on March 11, 2023.
The development comes on the heels of the signing of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, after uncertainties and confusion.
Yakubu said, “The Commission has decided to adjust the dates of the 2023 General Election to ensure compliance with the provisions of the new law. Accordingly, the Presidential and National Assembly elections will now be held on Saturday 25th February 2023 while the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections will be held two weeks later on Saturday 11th March 2023.”
He added that the change was necessary as the 360-day timeline for the publication of Notice of Election had lapsed.
He said with the adjustment, the 2023 General Elections were now 363 days away.
Yakubu stated that the decision was based on the commission’s determination to create certainty in the electoral calendar and to enable all stakeholders in the electoral process (the electoral commission, political parties and candidates, security agencies, observers, the media etc.) to prepare adequately for elections.
He said, “By that decision, Presidential and National Assembly elections shall hold on the third Saturday of the month of February of each General Election year, while Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections shall follow two weeks later.
“Consequently, the 2023 General Election was scheduled to commence on 18th February 2023 with the Presidential and National Assembly elections, followed by the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections on the 4th of March 2023.
Source: INEC, Abuja