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INEC to issue certificate of returns to Governors, House of Assembly members elect next week

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By Samuel Bankole

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday said it has slated March 29 to 31 for the issuance of certificates of return to governors and deputy governors-elect, as well as state assembly members.

A statement by the National Commissioner and chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the presentation of the certificate of returns will take place in INEC offices in each state of the Federation.

Okoye said that specific dates for the issuance of the certificates shall be communicated to those elected by the Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) and Administrative Secretaries of the various states.

According to him, the exercise is being carried out in line with the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, which mandated to issue a certificate of return within 14 days of every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.

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“The Commission met today, Saturday, March 25, 2023, and deliberated on a wide range of issues, including the issuance of Certificates of Return to those elected during the governorship and state house elections conducted by the Commission on March 18, 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 March 29th, 30th, and 31st, 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,” Okoye said in the statement.

(Edited By Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom +234 8033 964 138)

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