Thursday, 29 October 2015

Breaking News: Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Boss

The senate on Thursday, October 29, confirmed the appointment of chairman and commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mahmood Yakubu was confirmed as the chairman of INEC.

The nominees after responding to series of questions were asked to take a bow and their confirmation followed suit.

The commissioners confirmed are Baba Shettima Arfo, Antonia Taiye Simbine, Amina Zakari Muhammed Mustapha Lecky and Soyebi Solomon.

Fielding questions earlier from the senator’s Yakubu stated the need for electronic voting while advising Nigerian s not to be in a hurry to introduce it to the electoral process.

“It is desirable and inevitable that one day we have to go into electronic voting. 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 stated.

The commissioners also spoke on their expected role when confirmed.

One of the nominees, Soyebi Solomon who suggested electronic voting stressed that technology is gradually taking over the world.

“The only way we can achieve this is to adopt the principal of transparency then elections will become more credible and less flawless,” he stated.

On the issue of card readers, another nominee Mohammed Mustapha agreed with the improved technology saying that technology is indispensable.

“We can extend the benefit to other areas of our life,” he added.

The senate went into an executive session immediately after the confirmation.

Yakubu, from Bauchi state, will now succeed Attahiru Jega, who concluded his five year tenure on June 30.

President Buhari on Wednesday, October 21, named Yakubu as the national chairman of the INEC. He is a professor of political history and international studies, and was the executive secretary of the tertiary education trust fund.