INEC Issues Certificate of Return to Speaker Luke and Member-Elect for Etinan Fed. Constituency
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) today presented certificate of return to Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke to commence duties at the Red chambers.
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the call at the international conference centre, Abuja on Thursday at a ceremony for the Issuance of Certificate of Return to Senators-elect.
He said that as a matter of urgency, the commission would begin work on post 2019 elections review and road map to 2023.
“There is a lot of work but very little time available. As a process governed by law, the success of election in Nigeria depends to a large extent on the electoral legal framework and most importantly, in ensuring adherence to the law.
“I want to assure you that we will continue to work with the National Assembly to review and strengthen our Electoral Law.
“But I want to appeal to the Senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect to please start work early and conclude work on the electoral framework in good time well ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“The tendency to delay electoral reform, particularly the review of the electoral framework, until it is too close to the elections, leaves the commission with little time to develop processes including regulations and guidelines, make required consultation with stakeholders, embark on effective voter education including sensitisation, train staff and organise deployment for the elections.”
The chairman said that the commission looked forward to working very closely with the senators-elect and House of Reps Members-Elect in deepening the country’s electoral process.
He congratulated the lawmakers for their election victory to serve the nation.