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Senate to screen new INEC Chairman on Thursday

28 October 2015, 17:04

Abuja - There are indications that the Senate might screen the newly appointed Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmud Yakubu on Thursday, reports NewsDay.

The decision to screen the INEC Chairman and the commission’s five new national commissioners was taken after a meeting of the leadership of the Senate on Tuesday

The screening will have to be done by the Committee of the Whole because the Senate Committee on INEC has not been constituted.

The Senate INEC committee should have handled the screening and then forward the report to the Committee of the whole.

Also read: Buhari requests Senate to confirm INEC Chairman, commissioners

The Senate decided to go ahead with the screening without the committee because of the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

The Senate had to accord priority to the screening of INEC officers in view of constitutional provisions which spell out the number of days they must have been in office before they can be qualified to conduct elections.

The National Council of State had on October 21, approved the appointment of Yakubu as INEC chairman. The council also approved the appointments of five other commissioners.

 The five commissioners were:  Amina Bala Zakari (North West); Dr. Antonia Taiye Okoosi-Simbile (North Central); Baba Shettima Arfo (North East); Dr. Mohammed Mustapha Lecky (South-south) and Adedeji Solomon Soyebi (South West).

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