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2023: Campaigns begin Sept 28, says INEC

AHEAD of the forthcoming 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set dates for the commencement of the presidential, National Assembly, governorship and state assembly campaigns by political parties.

The commission said campaign for presidential and National Assembly elections will commence on September 28, 2022 while that of governorship and state houses of assembly will commence on October 12, 2022.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kaduna, Hajiya Asmau Sani Maikudi, who announced the dates at the first quarter press briefing on the ongoing voter registration, yesterday in Kaduna, further stated that the last day of campaign by political parties for the presidential and National Assembly is midnight of February 23, 2023 while that of governorship and states assembly is midnight of March 9, 2023.

She, however, disclosed that the commission has also increased the number of polling units from 5,012 to 8,012, adding that the continuous voter registration exercise has commenced in Birnin Gwari.

She said the conversion of voting points across the federation by the commission led to the state having an additional 2,910 and advised registrants to make enquiries as to the new polling units located close to their homes as well as old Personal Voters Card (PVC) holders who may wish to change their location.

She said there has been remarkable improvement in the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, stressing that, “In the last two weeks, the online registration has gone up to 236,855 and the complete registration of 84,335 as at 7th March, 2022 because registration is only completed after physical capture.”

Asked if inmates would be allowed to vote at the 2023 elections, she said, “It is at the discretion of the National Assembly. If it is a law, INEC has no option but to implement the law and once it is passed by the National Assembly, people in correctional centres will be allowed to vote.”

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