Finally, Senate begins screening of RECs nominees

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The Senate has finally begun the process for the confirmation of 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The process is in accordance with Section 14(3) of the third schedule of the Constitution.

The Senate had on March 28 suspended the confirmation of the nominees following its disapproval of the continued stay in office of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, despite its disapproval.

Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, moved the motion for the confirmation of the 27 Resident Electoral Commissioner nominees.

However, while forwarding the names of the nominees, announced Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC Bauchi South) as the new chairman of the committee on INEC, thus replacing suspended former Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume.

“Since committee on INEC in the Senate has no Chairman, Senator Suleiman Nazif you are now the chairman”, he said.

He directed the committee to work on the presidential request for confirmation of the REC nominees and submit report within two weeks.

Buhari had nominated 27 persons for appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioners of INEC.
During the Senate’s closed session in March on the issue, Saraki said senators had resolved to defend the integrity of the Senate.

It was at the meeting that the legislators decided to stop the confirmation process.

After the closed-door session, as the Senate’s proceedings progressed Buhari’s confirmation request for the state electoral officials, RECs, Peter Nwaoboshi, Delta-PDP, moved a motion that the process be suspended.

He said the nominees showed disregard for the Senate. He was supported by Matthew Urhoghide, who specifically cited Mr. Magu’s continued leadership role at the EFCC despite being rejected twice by the Senate, as a reason.

Other Senators, including Samuel Anyanwu, PDP-Imo, Francis Alimikhena, APC-Edo and Ike Ekweremadu, PDP-Enugu, backed the call for the suspension of the confirmation process.

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