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Election monitoring group lauds Yakubu appointment

23 October 2015, 06:50Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has welcomed the appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

President Muhammadu Buhari made the announcement earlier this week.

TMG Chairman, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, said it is was a welcome development that the nation’s election  management body (EMB) now had a substantive helmsman and a complement of National Commissioners to direct its affairs.

He however said Yakubu would now be saddled with the enormous responsibility of superintending the nation’s electoral process.

"Nigerians therefore look forward to a proactive INEC leadership that would manage the electoral process in a manner that would improve credibility and consolidate on recent gains," Zikirullahi said.

He said as Nigeria’s foremost election observation and civic education coalition, TMG was optimistic Yakubu would bring his wealth of experience as a scholar and an administrator to bear on this new assignment.

Also Read: Fayose attacks Buhari over new INEC Chairman

“Coming at a time when preparations are in top gear for the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa, Yakubu’s appointment will surely give the commission a vitally needed fresh  impetus."

“For TMG, the emergence of Professor Yakubu is a veritable opportunity to consolidate on the gains made by INEC under the previous leadership," said Zikirullahi.

The group called on the new INEC helmsman to examine the extant challenges facing the commission and take decisive steps towards addressing them.

He urged the electoral executive to thus forge a greater partnership with all relevant stakeholders, including the civil society, the media and security agencies.

He called on all stakeholders to start making the push for institutional and legislative reforms of the electoral process.

- CAJ News


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