By Gift Habib
The Independent National Electoral Commission has resolved to conduct a post-election review of the 2023 general election in line with its practice over the years on July 4, 2023.
This was contained in a statement signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye on Thursday.
Recall that Nigeria held its general election on February 25, 2023.
Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress was declared the winner by INEC, defeating the Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
However, Atiku and Obi, who did not accept defeat headed to the court.
However, according to Okoye, the review will involve the Commission’s officials at the National and State levels as well as stakeholders to learn lessons and chart the way forward.
The statement read in part “The review will commence with a meeting of the Resident Electoral Commissioners on 4th July 2023 and end with the Commission’s retreat on 5th August 2023.
“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.
“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.
“The review will focus on all aspects of the electoral activities before, during and after the elections. Specifically, the Commission welcomes actionable recommendations from stakeholders towards strengthening institutional capacity for the discharge of its responsibilities and the enhancement of processes and procedures.”
A detailed schedule of activities and timelines will be released immediately after the meeting with RECs on 4th July 2023.
The commission reviews meetings after every general election since 2011.