- The Senate has screened Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for reappointment as INEC chairman
- President Buhari had on Tuesday, November 24, written the Senate to confirm Yakubu
- Yakubu urged the Senate to pass the amended electoral act bill latest in the first quarter of 2021
Barely two days after President Muhammadu Buhari wrote the Senate to confirm the re-appointment of the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, the upper legislative chamber has responded.
Channels TV reports that the Senate committee on INEC on Thursday, November 26, screened Yakubu, following his nomination for appointment as chairman of the electoral body.
Legit.ng gathered that the screening session took place at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Speaking after the screening, Yakubu appealed to the National Assembly to pass the amended electoral act bill latest in the first quarter of 2021.
Yakubu said that passing the piece of legislation within the timeframe recommended was critical for the success of the 2023 general elections.
The former INEC chief informed the lawmakers that the electoral body had submitted several areas for amendments in the electoral act.
He said it is extremely important for the electoral legal framework to be finalised in due time as INEC cannot conduct elections under uncertainty.
He also stated that INEC would continue to deepen the use of technology for elections and explore other ways in which the electoral process could benefit from technology.
The screening of the former INEC boss came a day after members of the red chamber considered the request of President Buhari to confirm his reappointment as the chairman of the nation’s electoral umpire.
They later referred the president’s request to the Senate committee on INEC for further legislative action and asked the lawmakers to report back on Tuesday next week.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari asked the Nigerian Senate to seek confirmation of Professor Yakubu as the chairman of the INEC.
It was reported that the upper chamber on Tuesday, November 24, received a request from the president to confirm Yakubu, for a second and final term in office.
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