INEC to begin post-election review July 4

Independent National Electoral Commission says it will begin the conduct of a review of the 2023 general elections.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said in a statement on Thursday that the review will focus on all aspects of the electoral activities, before, during and after the elections.

Okoye stated that INEC had been holding the review meetings after every general election since 2011.

He said the review would be done with the objective of learning lessons from the elections and charting the way forward.

The national commissioner added that INEC officials at national and state levels as well as stakeholders would be involved.

The statement added, “The review will commence with a meeting of the resident electoral commissioners (RECs) on 4th July 2023 and end with the commission’s retreat on 5th August 2023.

“At state level, the internal review will involve the commission’s regular and ad hoc staff, including RECs, the 774 electoral officers, heads of departments, administrative secretaries as well as some presiding officers and collation/returning officers.

“The external engagement will involve critical stakeholders such as political parties, security agencies, election observers, the media and service providers such as transporters that facilitated the movement of personnel and materials for the election.

“The review will focus on all aspects of the electoral activities before, during and after the elections. Specifically, the commission welcomes actionable recommendations from stakeholders towards strengthening institutional capacity for the discharge of its responsibilities and the enhancement of processes and procedures.”

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