The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has launched the regulations and guidelines for the conduct of general elections in the country.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed that with the presentation of the Regulations and Guidelines, the Commission has concluded formal preparations for the polls.
He said, it is the first time the Commission is releasing the guidelines nine months to the general elections.
The INEC Chairman made this known during the Commission’s second quarterly meeting with RECs in Abuja, on Friday.
“With the coming into force of the Electoral Act 2022, it has become necessary to review the commission’s regulations and guidelines to govern the conduct of elections,” he said. “The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the Electoral Act 2022 and the regulations and guidelines constitute the electoral legal framework.
“On several occasions, the commission has assured Nigerians that we are finalising the regulations and guidelines for the elections. I am glad to announce that the document is ready and will be presented to Nigerians shortly. The soft copy will be uploaded to our website with the link shared on our social media platforms.”
According to the INEC chief, the electoral umpire has virtually concluded the planning processes for the 2023 polls nine months ahead of the elections, with the release of the regulations and guidelines and earlier publication of the Strategic Plan (SP) 2022-2026 and Election Project Plan 2023.
He revealed that the training manual would also be presented to Nigerians in the next couple of weeks while INEC would focus on election administration going forward.