2023 Nigeria Elections: INEC Reveals Procedures As Regards Emergence Of Next President
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the winner of the 2023 presidential election must score the highest number of votes and the required two-thirds spread in the 36 States of the federation as contained in the Electoral Act 2022 and the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said, “The determination of the winners of any election conducted by INEC is governed by the constitution, the Electoral Act and the regulations and guidelines of the commission.
“The determination of winners for presidential and governorship elections are governed by a different constitutional and legal threshold from seats in the national and state assemblies which are simply ‘first past the post.’
By section 134 of the Constitution where there are more than two presidential candidates, for a presidential candidate to be declared duly elected, he must secure the highest number of votes cast at the election; and not less than a quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.