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INEC to hold general elections in February 2023, plans e-transmission of results

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has unfolded plans to seek legal backing for electronic voting as from 2023.

Its chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu also said INEC will be pushing for the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act to be amended to make provision for electronic collation and transmission of election results.

He said the manual collation, which is enshrined in the laws, is too cumbersome and expensive.

Yakubu, who spoke on preparations for future polls, announced that the next presidential election will take place on February 18, 2023.

The electoral boss, who spoke at the inauguration of the House of Representatives Special Ad-hoc Committee on the Review of 1999 Constitution, urged speed, saying the lawmakers have exactly 855 days to amend the law before the commencement of the general elections.