The independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has become the focal point of the Nigeria upper legislature, as it learned that the commission (INEC) may not be able to conduct a credible election come 2019 due to lack of Residents Electoral Commissioners(RECs).
The Senate raised their phobia of a next national credible election as they advised President Muhammadu Buhari to act in getting the needful done as INEC has no Resident Electoral Commissioners in 20 of Nigeria’s 36 states.
The Guardian reports that a motion to this effect was sponsored by Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy Senate president, who argued that the refusal to appoint RECs in 20 states of the federation breaches of section 14 (2) of the Third Schedule of the amended 1999 constitution.
The Senate therefore wants President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately nominate qualified persons to fill the vacancies to give the electoral body adequate time to prepare for future elections. INEC on its part has been bedevilled by cases of inconclusive elections, and the Senate called the attention of the electoral body to this asking it to immediately ensure the pending issues are resolved.
The committee on INEC was also mandated to organise a public hearing to review the performance of the commission in the last one year to ascertain its challenges. Senate President Bukola Saraki also reportedly urged INEC to conclude elections in affected constituencies.
INEC, after the 2015 general election, has conducted many other elections but most of these have been rendered inconclusive.