The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professsor Mahmood Yakubu, has called on senators-elect to commence work early ahead of 2023 general election.
This is as he also promised of the commission’s support in strengthening the nation’s electoral laws.
Yakubu made the remark on Thursday while presenting certificates of return to senators-elect of the election held on February 23.
Speaking at the event which was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, he declared that there was so much work to be done, but little time available.
His words: “For the commission, we are glad that we are presenting the certificates of return to our lawmakers.
“As a matter of urgency the commission will begin work of post-2019 election review and roadmap for 2023. I want to assure you that we will continue to work with the National Assembly to review and strengthen our electoral laws.
“But I want to appeal to the senators elected to please stark work early and complete work on the electoral legal framework in good time well ahead of the 2023 general election. There is a lot of work ahead but very limited time available.”
Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, was conspicuously absent at the occasion.
It would be recalled that the Returning Officer who had earlier announced him as the winner of Imo West Senatorial District had declared that he did so under duress.
INEC had therefore deleted Okorocha’s name from the list of the winners of the election.