Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu on Wednesday, April 28, said the next general elections in the country will hold on Saturday February 18, 2023,
The INEC boss disclosed this at a one-day public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill 2021, organized by the Senate Committee on INEC.
According to him, the 2023 general elections are exactly one year, nine months, two weeks and six days or 660 days away from today (Wednesday).
He promised that the commission will release the full timetable and schedule of activities for the election immediately after the governorship election in Anambra State.
“By the principle established by the commission, the 2023 General Elections will hold on Saturday 18th February, 2023 which is exactly one year, nine months, two weeks and six days or 660 days from today.
“We hope to release the timetable and schedule of activities for the General Election immediately after the Anambra Governorship election scheduled to hold on 6th November 2021.
“In order to do so, there should be clarity and certainty about the electoral legal framework to govern the election. We are confident that the National Assembly will do the needful in earnest”.
On the issue of electoral offences, the INEC Chief Executive disclosed that one of the various responsibilities carried out by them is the prosecution of electoral offenders, noting that it is the most challenging duty for the commission.
Yakubu decried the delay in the prosecution of electoral offenders, saying it has been one of the most challenging duties for the commission since it was established.
He explained that since the 2015 general election, 125 cases of electoral offences were filed in various courts out of which 60 convictions were secured, including the most recent one in Akwa Ibom State.
Yakubu said: “The commission would like to see more successful prosecution of offenders, not just of ballot box snatchers and falsifiers of election results but most importantly their sponsors.
“We look forward to the day when highly placed sponsors of thuggery, including party chieftains and candidates that seek to benefit from violations of the law, are apprehended. We believe that the work of the proposed Commission will help in this regard”.