The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it will conduct a review of the just-concluded 2023 general election.
In a statement on Thursday by the commission’s spokesman, Festus Okoye, the electoral umpire said the review will commence with a meeting of the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and end with the commission’s retreat.
Recall that INEC conducted the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 25, and the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections on Saturday, March 18.
Okoye, in the statement, said the 2023 post-election review will be held from Thursday, July 4, to Saturday, August 5, 2023, and will focus on all aspects of the electoral activities, before, during, and after the elections.
Okoye also noted that the review would involve all of the commission’s national and state-level officials and stakeholders to learn and chart the way forward.
“At the State level, the internal review will involve the Commission’s regular and ad hoc staff, including RECs, the 774 Electoral Officers, Heads of Departments, Administrative Secretaries, as well as some Presiding Officers and Collation/Returning Officers,” Okoye said.
According to him, the external engagement will involve critical stakeholders such as political parties, security agencies, election observers, the media, and service providers such as transporters that facilitated the movement of personnel and materials for the election.
He added that the commission welcomes actionable recommendations from stakeholders towards strengthening institutional capacity for the discharge of its responsibilities and the enhancement of processes and procedures.