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Why We Have Been Silent On 2023 Elections – INEC



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has clarified its silence on the 2023 general elections, acknowledging the pressure to comment.

At a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, discussed the commission’s lack of public discourse on the upcoming elections.

The gathering marked the beginning of the official review of the election conduct procedures.

Yakubu said, “Following the conclusion of the election, the time has come for introspection, stocktaking, review and evaluation.

“Since the conclusion of the election, diverse opinions have been expressed by political parties, candidates, observers, analysts and the general public on aspects of the elections that took place in February and March.

“Such diverse opinions should normally be expected, and the commission welcomes all of them insofar as their purpose is to improve the future conduct of elections and to consolidate our democracy.”

He said the commission has consciously not joined in the commentaries in the immediate aftermath of the election for several reasons.

Yakubu further stated, “First, our preference is to listen more and draw lessons rather than join in the heated and often emotive public discussion on the election. Second, since we plan to conduct our own review of the election, we see no need to pre-empt the process. Third, the commission would not want to be seen as defensive or justificatory in joining the ongoing discussions.

“Finally, and perhaps most importantly, several issues around the election are sub-judice and it is not the intention of the Commission to either undermine or promote the chances of litigants in the various election petition courts beyond what is required of us by the legal process.”

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