INEC urges National Assembly on passage of relevant legislations ahead of 2019 election

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has asked the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the relevant legislations guiding the conduct of elections in the country to give the commission ample time to prepare for the 2019 general election.
He said that the next general election was only 470 days away, adding that the early passage of the legal framework would assist INEC in planning for the elections.
A statement issued by INEC’s Director in the Department of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, quoted the commission’s chairman as conveying his concern when members of the Steering Committee of the Nigerian Institute of Legislative Studies, led by its chairman Aminu Shagari, visited him at the commission, in Abuja.
It said the INEC chairman also spoke on the budget for the 2019 general election, which he said would be ready next week after the commission validates and approves its election project plan.
Yakubu commended the non-partisan nature of the Institute of Legislative Studies for its technical assistance to the democratic process and promised to develop greater ties with institute in the area of capacity building and training for political parties which would greatly help the work of INEC.

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