The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has issued certificates of return to about 102 senators-elect who gained victory in the February 23 National assembly elections.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu issued the certificates of return to the senators-elect in a ceremony held today at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
The senators returned include Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Enugu West (PDP); Mohammed Sabo, Jigawa South West (APC); Philip Aduda, FCT(PDP) and Sen. Dino Malaiye Kogi West (PDP). Baba Kaita, Katsina North (APC); Omo-Agege Ovie Delta Central(APC); Ibrahim Gandam, Yobe North (APC); Abdul’Aziz Yari Zamfara North (APC); Kaura Yahaya, Zamfara West(APC) and Ifeanyi Uba, Anambra South (YPP). amongst others.
Speaking at the event, the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu called on the senators-elect to start the review of the nation’s electoral legal framework early, ahead of the 2023 General Elections.
He said that the new lawmakers should start the review and finish early in other to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission to implement the framework come 2023.
“There is a lot of work but very little time available. As a process governed by law, the success of election in Nigeria depends to a large extent on the electoral legal framework and most importantly, in ensuring adherence to the law.
“I want to assure you that we will continue to work with the National Assembly to review and strengthen our Electoral Law.
“But I want to appeal to the Senators-elect to please start work early and conclude work on the electoral framework in good time well ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“The tendency to delay electoral reform, particularly the review of the electoral framework, until it is too close to the elections, leaves the commission with little time to develop processes including regulations and guidelines, make required consultation with stakeholders, embark on effective voter education including sensitisation, train staff and organise deployment for the elections.
The INEC boss congratulated the new senators and stated that the commission looked forward to working very closely with the senators-elect in deepening the country’s electoral process.
“I am glad that among the senators-elect are senators that we have worked very closely with and some of them have taken initiative or even sponsoring private member bills to advance the cause of electoral reform,” the INEC chairman said in his statement.
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