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