Following his taking of oath for a second term in office, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said on Wednesday that preparations for the 2023 general elections have begun.
Yakubu said INEC would collaborate with the National Assembly to ensure a speedy passage of the amended Electoral Act to enable the umpire to confront the challenges ahead.
The INEC boss spoke with State House correspondents shortly after he took his oath of office for a second term.
Yakubu took the oath before President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He assured Nigerians that the conduct of elections will continue to get better under his watch.
Yakubu said, “We have clearly demonstrated in recent elections that elections are getting better and they will continue to get better.
“The National Assembly is holding a public hearing on the amendment of the electoral legal framework. This is important and this time around, working with the National Assembly, we will ensure a speedy passage of the amendment bill and once it is assented to, it will help us enormously in confronting the challenges ahead.
“Preparations for 2023 general elections have proceeded in earnest. We need certainty and therefore the electoral legal framework is fundamental, without which we cannot formulate our regulations and guidelines.
“Without our regulations and guidelines, we cannot conclude work on the manual for the training of ad-hoc staff for the elections.
“So from here, I am going to proceed to the National Assembly, so work begins in earnest and we have already started.”
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (retd.), and some ministers were among the government officials that witnessed the brief ceremony.
The FEC meeting went into a closed-door session immediately after Yakubu’s oath-taking