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INEC: Election will hold on Saturday — we are ready

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman

Mahmood Yakubu, the chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says the presidential election date remains February 25.

Speaking on Wednesday at the signing of the national peace accord by presidential candidates, Yakubu said the commission is ready for the presidential and national assembly elections.

He highlighted some activities of the commission to show INEC’s preparedness for the general election, adding that efforts are ongoing to ensure that the polls begin on time.

“I want to, first of all, appreciate the untiring efforts of the National Peace Committee for convening this important event,” he said.

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“This is the third peace accord to be signed by political parties and candidates on the eve of a general election in Nigeria since 2015, and the ninth overall, if we include the accord signed before the commencement of electioneering campaign in September last year and ahead of five off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo in 2020, Anambra in 2021, Ekiti and Osun states in 2022.

“The signing of the peace accord today comes at a critical moment in the electoral calendar. Campaign for presidential and national assembly elections ends at midnight tomorrow, Thursday, 23rd February, 2023. Election will hold on Saturday this week. INEC is ready.

“This morning, we commenced the movement of sensitive materials to the various local government areas nationwide. By Friday, we will activate the registration area centres, so that at first light on Saturday, polling units will open on time.

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“The commission is committed to free, fair, and credible elections in compliance with the electoral framework and the spirit of the peace accord.

“All political parties and candidates are hereby reassured of the commission’s neutrality. INEC is not a political party. We have no candidate in the election. Our allegiance is to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and our loyalty is to Nigerians. Therefore, Nigerians should feel confident that their votes will count.”

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