Senate Confirms INEC Chairman, Commissioners
The Senate yesterday screened and confirmed Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Five other INEC commissioners were conformed alongside with Prof Mahmood.
The commissioners representing the nation’s geopolitical zones are the former acting chairman of INEC, Hajiya Amina Bala Zakari (North-West); Dr. (Mrs.) Antonia Taiye Okoosi (North-Central); Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo (North-East); Dr. Mohammed Mustapha (South-South) and Mr. Soyebi Adedeji Solomon (South-West).
The President Muhammadu Buhari last week sent a letter to the Senate conveying the names and requesting senators to confirm the nominees for the electoral umpire.
Making his submission before the Senate, Yakubu, advocated the use of electronic voting in Nigeria but advised Nigerians not to be in a hurry to introduce it into the electoral process.
“It is desirable and inevitable that one day we have to go into electronic voting, but we have to be very careful, as reflected in other countries. We need to think through it before we adopt it. We cannot rush into it,” he advised.
Responding to question by the senators on the importance of card readers in the electoral process in Nigeria, Yakubu said it was still new and expressed optimism that it would serve Nigerians better in 2019.
He also told the committee that top on his list of his priorities is to ensure that the 12.3 million permanent voter card (PVCs) that were not collected prior to the 2015 general elections are collected ahead of the 2019 polls.
Going further, he assured the lawmakers that electoral fraud and offences would be brought to a minimum under his watch, stating that “never again would elections be conducted and won at the INEC headquarters.”