The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed dates for the issuance of Certificates of Return to Governors-Elect in various states across the federation.
The commission is to issue them certificates between March 29 and 31, 2023 as members elected into the state Houses of Assembly will also be presented their Certificates of Return within the same period.
While dates for the conclusion of Adamawa and Kebbi states elections which were declared inconclusive have not been announced, the Commission in a statement signed by the National Commissioner in Charge of Information and Voter Education, Barrister Festus Okoye, said specific dates for the exercise will be communicated to those concerned by either the Resident Electoral Commissioners or Administrative Secretary in the various states.
The statement reads:
“The Commission met today, Saturday 25th March 2023 and deliberated on a wide range of issues including the issuance of Certificates of Return to those elected during the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections conducted by the Commission on 18th March 2023.
”By the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission is mandated to issue a certificate of return within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.
”Pursuant to the above provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March 2023 for the issuance of certificates of return to Governors and Deputy Governors-elect as well as State Assembly members-elect.
”The presentation will take place in INEC offices in each State of the Federation
”Specific dates for the issuance of the certificates shall be communicated to those elected by the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of the various States.”