INEC swears in eight new RECs today

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The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, will swear in eight new Resident Electoral Commissioners on Friday (today).

The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, confirmed this in a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Thursday.

A total of 14 Resident Electoral Commissioners were sworn in by Yakubu on July 8, 2017.

The President had nominated 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners for INEC on March 27, 2017 to fill the vacancies created by those who retired from service.

The Chairman of the Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North), had while presenting the committee’s report in July, said the nominees whose confirmations were recommended, had been cleared by the security agencies.

The nominees whose appointments were confirmed by the Senate and would be inaugurated on Friday are, Dr. Asmau Sani Maikudi (Katsina); Sam Olugbadebo Olumeku (Ondo); Prof. Riskuwa Shehu (Sokoto); Mr. Kasim Gama Geidam (Yobe); Jibrin Ibrahim Zarewa (Kano); Abdulganiyu Olayinka Raji (Oyo); Prof. Samuel Egwu (Kogi); and Mr. Mike Igini (Delta).

He added that the nominees from Kebbi State (Dr. Mahmuda Isah) and Zamfara State (Ahmad Bello Mahmud) were stood down for “further legislative consultations.”

The confirmation of the nominee from Lagos, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, was withheld by the senators after Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti South) produced a document which she claimed was a “court ruling” relating to Akeju’s nomination.

Meanwhile, INEC has announced the registration of  1,810,153 voters in the first phase of the continuous voter registration which it started across the country on April 27, 2017.

The first phase of the exercise came to an end on July 20, 2017.

A document released to the media by Oyekanmi showed that the commission also distributed 65, 001 permanent voter cards to the owners.

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It was also stated that the commission granted 76, 256 requests of transfer of permanent voter cards during the period.

A look at the document also showed that 155, 471 PVCs were defaced during the period of the exercise.

A breakdown of the total number of registered voters showed that the South-South recorded the highest number of registered voters while the South-East recorded the lowest during the exercise.

The breakdown showed that 427,739 voters were registered in the South-South;  South-West, 363,253; South-East, 256, 727; North-Central 250,951; North-East, 209,702 while North-West had 301,781 voters.

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