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INEC to review 2023 polls- Okoye

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that it will conduct a post-election review of the 2023 general elections in line with its practice over the years.

This was contained in a statement signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, on Thursday.

Disenchantment has trailed the general elections, particularly the February 25 presidential poll, in which Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress was declared winner by INEC.

The major opposition parties, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party, are currently in court, challenging the outcome of the poll.

However, according to Okoye, the post-election review will involve the commission’s officials at national and state levels as well as stakeholders with a view to learning lessons and charting 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 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.”

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