INEC Set for By-Elections Amidst Cautious Optimism
As Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) gears up for a series of by-elections in nine states, stakeholders express cautious optimism about the electoral process following the controversial 2023 general polls.
With a budget of N40 billion allocated to INEC this year, expectations are high for a free, fair, and credible electoral exercise, both in Saturday’s by-elections and the forthcoming Edo and Ondo governorship polls.
The by-elections, scheduled to fill two senatorial seats, four House of Representatives positions, and three state constituencies, pose a significant challenge to INEC’s credibility. The vacancies resulted from the resignation or death of elected lawmakers, necessitating re-runs and by-elections across various states.
Stakeholders emphasize the need for INEC to remain non-partisan and improve on previous electoral performances. Confidence in the electoral process hinges on INEC’s ability to conduct transparent and credible elections, ensuring the sanctity of Nigeria’s democratic process.
Despite past controversies, INEC reassures the public of its commitment to conducting free, fair, credible, and inclusive elections. The commission highlights its preparations, including the use of technology for result transmission and efforts to prevent electoral malpractices.
Political parties, including African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), among others, gear up for the electoral contest, with hopes of securing victory.
In the midst of economic challenges and political tensions, Nigerians await the outcome of the by-elections, hoping for a peaceful and transparent electoral process that reflects the will of the people.