The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) chairman Mahmood Yakubu, has disclosed that the 2023 Presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023. He disclosed this at the inauguration of the House of Representatives Special Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution held at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.
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Mr Yakubu urged the Honourables to ensure the timely review of the present Electoral Act for the use of technologies in the electoral process. INEC had used technology to improve the electoral process in the recent gubernatorial elections held in Edo and Ondo states. Also, INEC has engaged over 40 ICT firms to help in the collation of election results. Other innovations developed by INEC include the use of Z-pad, a dedicated online portal and INEC Result Viewing (IRV), to enable Nigerians to view results from polling units in real-time on election days.
The House of Representative Speaker, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, said the constitution review is important to help identify lapses in the law of the land and fix them. He also said the constitutional review process is being done at a time of great upheaval in Nigeria. He said every day, new challenges emerge and that some of these challenges are our own making while others are unforeseen or not prepared for.
The Honourable from Lagos state said whatever the case may be, Nigerians do look up to the government to help provide solutions that work. He said the new constitution should be suited to our current aspirations and reflect the vision of the country. Only 4 presidents have emerged since the return of democracy in 1999 and election holds every 4 years in Nigeria.