By Dominic James
8th February 2021
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) today notched up its preparations for some upcoming off-season elections and the 2023 General Election with the inauguration an 18-member Strategic Plan Committee at its headquarters in Abuja. The Committee has 10 Terms of Reference and a deadline of 40 days to turn in its report.
Speaking at the brief ceremony, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who unveiled members of the Committee, said the Commission cannot afford to approach election management on an “ad-hoc basis” but from the premise of carefully planned and well-articulated actions. He said the Strategic Plan will not only form the basis for the Election Project Plan (EPP) to be used for the 2023 General Election, it will also enable the Commission to identify all events, programmes and actions to be implemented before then.
Tracing the background, Prof. Yakubu said he was happy that it was the third time in the history of the Commission that such a Committee was being put in place since the beginning of the era of planning for elections. He said: “The Strategic Plan will help us to track the off-season governorship elections taking place between this year 2021 and 2023 to ensure that these elections are also properly implemented. As you are aware, there are three such elections. The first one, for which we have already issued the timetable and schedule of activities, is the Anambra Governorship Election taking place in November this year. Then, next year, we have two off season Governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.”
Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu (retired), a member, Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu assured the INEC Chairman that members of the Committee possess the experience and capability to carry out the terms of reference assigned to them.
According to the Terms of Reference, the Committee will among others:
Members of the Committee include three National Commissioners, Two Resident Electoral Commissioners, the Hon Chairman’s Technical Team, eight Directors and two external Consultants.