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2023: INEC Rejects Request To Adjust Election Timetable

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday, declined a request by political parties to adjust the 2023 election timetable in order to allow the parties more time to prepare and conduct their primary elections.

Political parties had earlier asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the timelines for the 2023 general elections by two months.

The parties want slight changes to the primaries’ timeline, as stipulated by the electoral umpire.

Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Yusuf Yabagi, made the appeal on Tuesday, at a meeting of the electoral umpire and leaders of various political parties at the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

According to Yabagi, who also serves as the National Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), the extension is necessary to help political parties put things in order for the forthcoming general elections.

In his opening remarks, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, listed the agenda of the meeting, which was well attended by national party chairmen, including Abdullahi Adamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Iyorchia Ayu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He explained that discussions would focus on issues concerning the continuous voters’ registration, the upcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States, as well as political parties’ primaries for the 2023 polls.

But the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, rejected the request and maintained his earlier position that the June 3rd deadline for the conclusion of party primaries is “firm and fixed.”

Yakubu informed the party leaders that the commission would not review the existing timelines and appealed that primaries be conducted credibly in order to minimise litigations.

While reminding them of the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun, he called on all the parties to comply with the provisions in the Electoral Act.

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