Except for Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday presented senators-elect with Certificates of Return (CoRs) at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.
INEC had said it was not going to recognise the Imo governor as the senator-elect over allegation by the Returning Officer that he announced Okorocha as winner of the February 23 National Assembly election “under duress.”
It therefore means that, unless the embattled Okorocha gets judicial succour, he will not represent the Imo West Senatorial District when the Ninth National Assembly is inaugurated on June 8.
Apart from the senators-elect, certificates were also issued to all elected members of the House of Representatives.
INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu presented the CoRs, saying the commission will soon begin a review of the 2019 polls.
He said: “As a matter of urgency, the commission will begin work on post-2019 elections review and road map to 2023.
“There is a lot of work but very little time available. As a process governed by law, the success of election in Nigeria depends to a large extent, on the electoral legal framework and, most importantly, in ensuring adherence to the law.
“I want to assure you that we will continue to work with the National Assembly to review and strength on our electoral law.
“But, I want to appeal to the senators-elect to please start work early and conclude work on electoral framework in a good time well ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“The tendency to delay electoral reform, particularly the review of electoral framework until it is too close to the elections, leave the commission with little time to deveop processes, including regulations and guidelines, make required consultations with stakeholders, embark on effective voter education, including sensitisation, train staff and organise deployment for the elections.
“I am glad that among the senators-elect are senators that we have worked very closely with and some of them have taken initiative or even sponsore private member bills to advance the cause of electoral reform.”