Governors, lawmakers-elect to get certificates of return Wednesday, says INEC


The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that governors, deputy governors and state House of Assembly lawmakers-elect will receive their certificates of return between Wednesday and Friday.

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INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, in a statement on Saturday said the decision emanated from a meeting the commission held on Saturday.

He added, “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.”