With about one year to the 2023 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission has presented list of registered voters in 2021 to the 18 political parties in the country.
The commission said the move was part of implementation of the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general election released on Saturday.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement in Abuja said that presentation of list of voters to parties was also in line with section 10(3) of the Electoral Act 2022.
According to him, the said section provides that “the commission shall, within 60 days after each year, make available to every political party the names and addresses of each person registered during that year”.
“In compliance with the requirement of the law, the Commission has today made available the softcopies of the list of persons registered as voters in 2021 to each political party”, he said.
Okoye said the move indicated that the commission has now implemented the second activity on the timetable for the 2023 poll.
While stressing that the first activity was the publication of the Notice of Election which was implemented on February 28, 2022, Okoye said the second activity is the collection of Forms EC9 and EC9A – E by political parties for issuance to candidates who emerge from their party primaries.
He advised parties to download the form from the commission’s website.
“The commission will continue to provide regular updates to Nigerians on the implementation of all electoral activities”, he added.