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Buhari not behind consensus candidacy calls – Presidency

INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission (INEC) has barred election officials from making or receiving calls from voting to collation of results in polling centres.

  This is contained in the regulations and guidelines for the conduct of the 2023 general elections released by the Commission, today, by INEC Chairman, Prof.  Mahmood Yakubu while presenting Regulations and Guidelines, Commission has concluded formal preparations for the 2023 polls during the meeting of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja.

  According to him, it was the first time the Commission is releasing the guidelines nine months to the general elections.

  “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. 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 finalizing 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.

With the release of the Regulations and Guidelines today, and the publication of the Strategic Plan (SP) 2022-2026 and Election Project Plan 2023 earlier, the Commission has virtually concluded the planning processes for the 2023 General Election nine months ahead of the election. In the next couple of weeks, the training manual will also be presented to Nigerians. Going forward, the Commission will focus on election administration: logistics, training, voter education, technology, sensitisation against vote buying, inclusivity measures and, above all, security,” he said.

  In another development, Presidency has faulted reports that President Muhammadu Buhari directed members of the Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF), to pick a consensus presidential candidate for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

  While making clarifications on the President’s meeting with the governors, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that contrary to reports, President Buhari only met with the governors and gave them his “expectation” for the forthcoming presidential primary of the party.

  It will be recalled that while addressing the governors ahead of the party’s presidential primary, Buhari on Tuesday said “the party has successfully established internal policies that promote continuity and smooth succession plans even at the state and local government levels.”

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