INEC Chairman To Speak At Chatham House 2 PM Today

In the light of the myriad challenges before the electoral umpire, Yakubu is expected to shed light on the Commission's preparations for next month's polls.

A file photo of the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.


The National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, is scheduled to make a live appearance at Chatham House in London today.

The event, which kicks off at 2 pm (WAT), will see Yakubu speak on the topic, ‘Nigeria’s 2023 Elections: Preparations and Priorities for Electoral Integrity and Inclusion’ and respond to questions with regard to the Commission’s plans for the conduct of next month’s general elections.

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Charting The Course

In light of the myriad challenges INEC is faced with, Yakubu is expected to shed light on INEC’s preparations for the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 25th as well as governorship and state assembly elections on March 11th.

The amended Electoral Act 2022 however galvanises hope for increased voter interest, as seen in the over 12 million newly registered voters, bringing the total to 93.4 million.

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According to Chatham House, Nigeria stands at a critical juncture, having suffered from two recessions in the past six years, unprecedented levels of physical and food insecurity, persistent fuel scarcity, and high levels of crude oil theft.

Yakubu Mahmood at Chatham House

“Civic fatigue also remains an important challenge and Buhari’s three main policy pillars of security, economy, and corruption continue to be defining issues for citizens.

“Professor Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), discusses preparations and priorities for ensuring electoral integrity and inclusivity.

“He also discusses key challenges and plans for the conduct of the elections, including election security and the use of new technological systems,” reads a synopsis of the upcoming event on the organisation’s website.

In Conversation

On Wednesday, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) standard bearer Rabiu Kwankwaso is also expected to speak at the UK-based international policy institute on the topic, ‘Nigeria’s 2023 elections: Service delivery and policy alternatives’.

Yakubu and Kwankwaso’s visits will follow similar appearances by Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, on Monday and his counterpart of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, last month.

To catch up on previous events, watch the videos below: