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Nigeria’s electoral commission says anticipated election will reflect voters’ expectations

GOMBE, Nigeria (The Informant247) – Nigeria’s electoral commission said Friday that candidates participating in next year’s poll will run in “a free, fair, transparent and credible election”, promising voters that the outcome will reflect their expectations.

The electoral commission also promised that the elections will be more credible than the 2019 vote.

“I am speaking on behalf of the Commission that as we have seen in Osun and Ekiti elections, the 2023 elections will be transparent enough and votes will count and that will further build confidence in the system,” Independent National Electoral Commission’s National Commissioner in Charge of Planning, Monitoring and Strategic Planning Committee (PMSC), Prof Rhoda Gumus, told journalists on the sidelines of a two-day workshop on Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) for Heads of Department (HODs).

“The 2023 elections will be more credible, fair and will be conclusive, that we assure Nigerians.”

She also cautioned political parties on the need to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations of campaigns.

The country’s electoral commission projected that 95 million voters would participate in 2023 election. Security and economic crises which have caused hardship for a majority of Nigerians might top debates in buildup to the poll.

Despite being one of the top oil producers, statistics showed that Africa’s strongest economy is grappling with a 33% unemployment rate and a 40% poverty rate. The country is also fighting an insurgency in the northern region, as well as armed violence now spreading to other parts of the country.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier told the U.N. General Assembly that his goal before leaving office is to entrench “a process of free, fair and transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians elect leaders of their choice.”

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