Published March 9, 2021
Friday Olokor , Abuja
THE Chairman , Independent National Electoral Commission , Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday , promised to use the 2023 general elections to set the standard for future polls.
Yakubu made the promise during a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners , at the INEC Headquarters , Abuja .
As part of measures to make this possible , he gave RECs one week within which to compile and submit an inventory of all election materials in their custody , to enable the commission make better arrangements especially where there were shortfalls.
He said, “ As you are also aware , the commission is committed to deepening the culture of planning for elections . The current five -year plan covering the period 2017 -2021 expires this year .
“ For this reason, a committee involving the participation of some RECs was inaugurated a few weeks ago to review the Strategic Plan and the Strategic Programme of Action to cover the next cycle of five years from 2022 -2026 .
“ The committee is making good progress . Its report should be submitted by the end of this month to enable the commission to engage stakeholders for its validation and subsequent implementation .
“ I want to assure Nigerians that this will be accomplished long before the expiry of the current plan at the end of this year . As we continue to plan for the next general election , the RECs have been directed to compile and submit an inventory of all election materials in order to determine shortfalls and take early steps to ensure their adequacy and availability.
“ Only a few states are still outstanding . I wish to remind the states that are yet to make their submissions to do so by the end of this week . This will enable us to address some of the logistics issues that have become a recurring decimal in the conduct of elections in the past .
“ The 2023 general election must be different from all previous elections in terms of our preparations and readiness .”