The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it will issue certificates of return to governors, deputy governors-elect, and state houses of assembly members-elect from March 29 to 31.
The announcement was made by Festus Okoye, the INEC National Commissioner, in a statement on Saturday.
Okoye noted that the issuance of certificates of return is mandated by Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, which requires the Commission to issue the certificates within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.
He further stated that the presentation of certificates will take place in INEC offices in each State of the Federation.
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“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,” he said.
“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.”