Mahmood Yakubu has been sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a fresh tenure.
AllNews gathered that the swearing-in was presided over by President Buhari. It preceded the 27th virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the council chamber at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking with the State House correspondents on Wednesday, Prof. Yakubu disclosed that the preparations for the 2023 general elections have started.
However, he promised that the electoral body would work with the National Assembly to ensure a speedy passage of the amendment to the nation’s Electoral Act to attend to electoral issues.
He also affirms that the conduct of elections will continue to get better under his watch.
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“We have clearly demonstrated in recent elections that elections are getting better and they will continue to get better.” The National Assembly is holding a public hearing on the amendment of the electoral legal framework.
"This is important and this time around, working with the National Assembly, we will ensure a speedy passage of the amendment bill and once it is assented to, it will help us enormously in confronting the challenges ahead.”
“Preparations for 2023 general elections have proceeded in earnest. We need certainty and therefore the electoral legal framework is fundamental, without which we cannot formulate our regulations and guidelines.”
“Without our regulations and guidelines, we cannot conclude work on the manual for the training of ad-hoc staff for the elections.
“So from here, I am going to proceed to the National Assembly, so work begins in earnest and we have already started,” Yakubu said.