Nigeria sets new date for 2023 presidential election

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Nigeria will hold its next presidential election on February 25, 2023, one week later than originally scheduled, the country’s electoral body announced on Saturday.

Elections for the country’s bicameral legislature will be held on the same date, Mahmood Yakubu, head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), told the media in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari approved an amended electoral law that will introduce electronic vote transfer during the 2023 presidential elections. /AFP

Governorship and state legislature elections will be on March 11, 2023, also a week later than the original date, March 4, the INEC said.

On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari signed an amended electoral act, ahead of next year’s general elections in the most populous African country.

During a short signing ceremony at the State House in Abuja, Buhari said the re-worked electoral act holds a lot of promises for improving the election processes in Nigeria, with the introduction of new technology, and efforts to engender clarity and transparency.

The INEC said it decided to adjust the dates of the 2023 general elections to ensure compliance with the provisions of the new law.