The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Thursday assumed office to commence his second tenure for a period of five years.
Yakubu at the expiration of his first tenure on Nov.9 handed over the affairs of the commission to National Commissioner, Ahmed Mu’azu, while awaiting Senate confirmation for second tenure.
Yakubu, at a brief takeover ceremony at the commission headquarters in Abuja, said quick passage of the Electoral Act amendment remained a top priority.
“You will recall that I appealed to the Senate Committee on INEC during my screening two weeks ago to conclude work for the passage of the Electoral Act amendment by the first quarter of 2021.
“I am glad that in his response, the Senate President has assured the nation only yesterday at the public hearing on the Electoral Act amendment that the National Assembly is committed to that target.
“He said that it is not only achievable but they will ensure that it is actualised.”
Yakubu added that the immediate area of attention for the Commission would be the resumption of Continuous Voter Registration by the first quarter of 2021.
He said the exercise would continue for at least six months to the 2023 general elections.
“We will also use the opportunity as required by law to clean up the register of voters.
“We are happy with our register of voters. It is robust but will continue to see ways by which we can improve the quality of the register.
“I am saying so because the credibility of any democratic election draws from the credibility of the register of voters,” Yakubu added.