Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday said that the electoral umpire would set a standard for future elections in 2023.
The INEC chairman spoke on Monday during a meetig with Resident Electoral Commissioners at the Headquarters of INEC in Abuja.
He directed REC to compile and submit an inventory of all election materials in their custody to enable the commssion make better arragements.
“As you are also aware, the commission is committed to deepening the culture of planning for elections. The current five-year plan covering the period 2017-2021 expires this year.
“For this reason, a committee involving the participation of some RECs was inaugurated a few weeks ago to review the Strategic Plan and the Strategic Programme of Action to cover the next cycle of five years from 2022-2026.
“The committee is making good progress. Its report should be submitted by the end of this month to enable the commission to engage stakeholders for its validation and subsequent implementation.
“I want to assure Nigerians that this will be accomplished long before the expiry of the current plan at the end of this year. As we continue to plan for the next general election, the RECs have been directed to compile and submit an inventory of all election materials in order to determine shortfalls and take early steps to ensure their adequacy and availability.
“Only a few states are still outstanding. I wish to remind the states that are yet to make their submissions to do so by the end of this week. This will enable us to address some of the logistics issues that have become a recurring decimal in the conduct of elections in the past.
“The 2023 general election must be different from all previous elections in terms of our preparations and readiness.”
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