Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed concern over “some gaps” and the way political parties conduct themselves saying there should be improvement.
Among those gaps included the lack of internal party democracy, inclusivity, marginalisation of women and Persons Living With Disabilities and the youths.
While expressing hope that it would register more parties before the next general election, the commission said it had put trust in God that the challenges in Nigeria would not be a threat to the 2023 election.
The chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, represented by its National Commissioner and chairman (Outreach and Partnership Committee), Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, stated these in Abuja on Friday during the annual summit of political parties and stakeholders with the theme: “Political parties and democratic stability in Nigeria: Setting agenda for 2023 general elections.”
The aim of the summit, was to set the agenda for the 2023 election and to educate political parties about 2023.
The programme was organised by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Jos in partnership with the European Union; Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre; EU Funded Programme, Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria and other partners.