The Independent National Electoral Commission is currently presenting certificates of return to candidates who emerged victorious in the senatorial election held across the country on February 23.
The event was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
The senators-elect are being called states by states to collect their certificates from officials of the electoral body.
INEC had earlier announced that only those whose names appeared on its website as winners of the election would be presented with certificates.
At the ceremony, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said that late conclusion of the review of the electoral law would affect the commission’s implementation of the framework.
He said, “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 strengthen our Electoral Law.
“But I want to appeal to the Senators-elect to please start work early and conclude work on the electoral framework in good time well ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“The tendency to delay electoral reform, particularly the review of the electoral framework, until it is too close to the elections, leaves the commission with little time to develop processes including regulations and guidelines, make required consultation 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 sponsored private member bills to advance the cause of electoral reform,” he said.
The chairman said that the commission looked forward to working very closely with the senators-elect in deepening the country’s electoral process.