3rd June, 2022
By Emmanuel Oloniruha
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday released the Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections in 2022.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman gave the guidelines during a special meeting of the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on election security (ICCES) in Abuja.
While reviewing the security arrangements for the Ekiti governorship election, the Chairman said the guidelines supersede all regulations.
Issued under Section 149 of the Electoral Act, the guidelines shall remain in force until replaced by new regulations and guidelines or updated by way of revisions or supplementary regulations and guidelines supported by decision extracts of INEC or an official gazette.
The new regulations and guidelines cover elections and arrangements for their conduct, accreditation and voting procedure at elections, and collation of election results and making returns.
They apply to the conduct of elections for offices of: “President and Vice President; Governor and Deputy Governor; National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives); State Houses of Assembly; Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Councils; and Councillors of FCT Area Councils Legislature.”
Earlier at the meeting, Yakubu said that with the coming into force of the Electoral Act 2022, it had become necessary to review the Commission’s Regulations and Guidelines to govern the conduct of elections.
He said that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the Electoral Act 2022 and the Regulations and Guidelines constituted the electoral legal framework.
“On several occasions, the Commission has assured Nigerians that we are finalising 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 Elections 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
These include ” logistics, training, voter education, technology, sensitisation against vote-buying, inclusivity measures and, above all, security”, he said.
Yakubu said that ICCES would continue to play a critical role and the Commission appreciated the support of all security agencies.