Electoral Offences: 125 Cases In Court, 60 Convictions Made In Six Years – INEC

A file photo of a bag containing electoral materials to be deployed for an election.

 

Since the 2015 general elections in the country, 125 cases of electoral offences were filed in various courts out of which 60 convictions have been secured so far, including the most recent one in Akwa Ibom State.

This is according to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, who stated this on Wednesday during a one-day public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill 2021, organized by the Senate Committee on INEC.

“Of the numerous responsibilities carried out by the Commission, the prosecution of electoral offenders has been one of the most challenging,” he said.

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“For instance, since the 2015 General Election, 125 cases of electoral offences were filed in various courts out of which 60 convictions have been secured so far, including the most recent one in Akwa Ibom State.”

He also expressed disappointment over the delay in the passage of the Electoral Act amendment bill, saying barely a year and nine months to the 2023 general election, the National Assembly is yet to pass the bill.

According to the INEC boss, the prosecution of electoral offenders has been one of the most challenging tasks for the commission since its establishment.

Yakubu added, “The commission would like to see more successful prosecution of offenders, not just of ballot box snatchers and falsifiers of election results but most importantly their sponsors.

“We look forward to the day when highly placed sponsors of thuggery, including party chieftains and candidates that seek to benefit from violations of the law, are apprehended. We believe that the work of the proposed Commission will help in this regard,” Yakubu said.

PHOTOS: Mahmood Yakubu Sworn In As INEC Chairman

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu

 

Professor Mahmood Yakubu was on Wednesday sworn in for a second term as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and believes elections in the country are getting better.

“We have clearly demonstrated in recent elections that elections are getting better and better and elections will continue to get better and better,” he said after the swearing-in ceremony which took place at the Council Chambers, State House in Abuja.

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Mahmood Yakubu Sworn In As INEC Chairman, Says Elections Are Getting Better

Mahmood Yakubu is the first person to serve two terms as INEC Chairman. Photo: State House.

 

Professor Mahmood Yakubu was on Wednesday sworn in for a second term as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and believes elections in the country are getting better. 

“We have clearly demonstrated in recent elections that elections are getting better and better and elections will continue to get better and better,” he said after the swearing-in ceremony by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers, State House in Abuja.

 

Buhari had in October written to the Senate to confirm Yakubu’s appointment. Photo: State House.

 

On Tuesday last week, the Senate confirmed his appointment as chairman of the electoral body, a development the former Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) described as a “privilege.”

READ ALSO: Senate Confirms Professor Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman

“It is a big responsibility. It is history. No Nigerian has been so privileged to serve as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission twice,” the professor of Political History and International Studies, added.

“And it is a responsibility I am going to discharge consistent with the oath of office I took.”

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The swearing-in took place just before the start of the 27th virtual Federal Executive Council meeting where a one minute silence was observed in honour of military officer, late Gen. Domkat Bali who served as a Minister of Defence and member of the Supreme Military Council of 1984–1985.

 

A file photo of President Buhari and INEC boss, Yakubu.

 

On October 27th, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari reappointed Yakubu as Chairman of INEC for another five-year term, making him the first person to be handed a second tenure as head of the commission.

“I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term,” Buhari was quoted as saying in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

 

 

Yakubu Asks NASS To Pass Amended Electoral Act Before 2021 First Quarter Ends

A file photo of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has appealed to the National Assembly to pass the Electoral Act Amendment Bill latest by the first quarter of 2021.

He made the appeal on Thursday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on INEC at the National Assembly complex in Abuja.

Professor Yakubu appeared for his screening by the lawmakers following his reappointment as INEC chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He informed the senators that passing the piece of legislation within the timeframe recommended was critical for the success of the 2023 general elections.

The former INEC chief noted that the nation’s electoral body had submitted several areas for amendments in the Electoral Act.

He stressed that it was extremely important for the electoral legal framework to be finalised in due time, saying INEC cannot conduct elections under uncertainty.

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Professor Yakubu, however, said INEC would continue to deepen the use of technology for elections and explore other ways in which the electoral process could benefit from technology.

He assured the lawmakers that the electoral umpire was working to ensure that materials needed for the elections were procured well ahead of time.

The immediate past INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, asks questions from some senators during his screening for his reappointment on November 26, 2020.

 

During the screening, the former INEC chief answered a series of questions from the lawmakers in a bid to return to the office he held for five years.

The Presidency announced Professor Yakubu’s reappointment as INEC chairman for another five-year term on October 27.

His reappointment is, however, subject to approval by the Senate.

Following the completion of his first term, Professor Yakubu handed over the leadership of INEC to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Muazu who has been acting as chairman of the commission since November 9.

He was first appointed by President Buhari to oversee the activities of the electoral umpire in November 2015, six months after the Nigerian leader assumed office.

Professor Yakubu, who took over from Professor Attahiru Jega, was first appointed into office by President Buhari in November 2015.

Under him, INEC has conducted many elections, including the 2019 polls which saw the President extending his stay in office for another four years.

Members of the Senate considered the President’s request to confirm the reappointment of Professor Yakubu as INEC chairman on Wednesday.

The lawmakers later referred the President’s request to the Senate Committee on INEC for further legislative action and asked the senators to report back on Tuesday next week.

Senate Committee Screens Mahmood Yakubu For Reappointment As INEC Chairman

The immediate past INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, asks questions from some senators during his screening for his reappointment on November 26, 2020.

 

The Senate Committee on INEC has screened Professor Mahmood Yakubu following his nomination for appointment as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The screening session took place on Thursday at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In his remarks, Professor Yakubu appealed to the National Assembly to pass the Amended Electoral Act Bill latest in the first quarter of 2021.

He explained that passing the piece of legislation within the timeframe recommended was critical for the success of the 2023 general elections.

The former INEC chief informed the lawmakers that the electoral body had submitted several areas for amendments in the Electoral Act.

According to him, it is extremely important for the electoral legal framework to be finalised in due time as INEC cannot conduct elections under uncertainty.

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Professor Yakubu stated that INEC would continue to deepen the use of technology for elections and explore other ways in which the electoral process could benefit from technology.

He disclosed that the electoral umpire was working to ensure that materials needed for the elections were procured well ahead of time.

The screening of the former INEC boss comes a day after members of the red chamber considered the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the reappointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of the nation’s electoral umpire.

They later referred the President’s request to the Senate Committee on INEC for further legislative action and asked the lawmakers to report back on Tuesday next week.

The Presidency announced Professor Yakubu’s reappointment as INEC chairman for another five-year term on October 27.

His reappointment is, however, subject to approval by the Senate.

Following the completion of his first term, Professor Yakubu handed over the leadership of INEC to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Muazu who has been acting as chairman of the commission since November 9.

He was first appointed by President Buhari to oversee the activities of the electoral umpire in November 2015, six months after the Nigerian leader assumed office.

Professor Yakubu, who took over from Professor Attahiru Jega, was first appointed into office by President Buhari in November 2015.

Under him, INEC conducted many elections, including the 2019 polls which saw the President extending his stay in office for another four years.

Senate Considers Buhari’s Request To Confirm Ex-INEC Chairman’s Reappointment

A file photo of former INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

 

The Senate has considered the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the reappointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

During the plenary on Wednesday at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, urged the lawmakers to consider the request of the President.

He informed his colleagues that the request was made in accordance with the provision of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Thereafter, the lawmakers referred the President’s request to the Senate Committee on INEC for further legislative action and to report back on Tuesday next week.

READ ALSO: Yakubu Hands Over INEC Leadership, Awaits Senate Confirmation For Reappointment

Similarly, Senator Abdullahi asked the lawmakers to consider President Buhari’s request for the confirmation of the appointment of Professor Abdullahi Zuru as INEC national commissioner.

He noted that Professor Zuru’s appointment was in line with Paragraph 14 of part 1(F) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Again, the lawmakers referred the request to the Senate Committee on INEC for further legislative action and to report back on Tuesday next week.

The Presidency announced Professor Yakubu’s reappointment as INEC chairman for another five-year term on October 27.

But his reappointment is subject to approval by members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

On November 9, Professor Yakubu handed over the leadership of INEC to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Muazu who acts as the chairman, following the completion of his first term.

He was first appointed by President Buhari to oversee the activities of the electoral umpire in November 2015, six months after the Nigerian leader assumed office.

Since the appointment of Professor Yakubu who took over from Professor Attahiru Jega, INEC has conducted many elections, including the 2019 polls which saw the President extending his stay in office for another four years.

Staying In Office Beyond Monday Will Be Inappropriate, Says INEC Chairman

Professor Mahmood Yakubu hands over the leadership mantle to acting INEC Chairman, Ahmed Muazu, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on November 9, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Professor Mahmood Yakubu has explained why he handed over his duties as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), despite his reappointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He stressed the importance of vacating the office at a hand-over ceremony held on Monday at the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

“It will be inappropriate for me to remain in office beyond today, 9th November 2020, without confirmation by the Senate and swearing to another oath of office as provided by law,” said Professor Yakubu who handed over the leadership mantle to an INEC National Commissioner, Air Vice Marshal Muazu Ahmed (rtd).

He added, “As you are already aware, the renewal of my tenure as chairman of the commission has been announced, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

“Our work as election managers requires us to enforce the law, regulations, and guidelines. In doing so, we must demonstrate strict respect for, and compliance with, the constitution of Nigeria and subsidiary laws.”

According to Professor Yakubu, the current INEC was inaugurated in three batches and he was sworn-in along with five national commissioners on November 9, 2015.

He stated that six more national commissioners were inaugurated on December 7, 2016, and another one on July 21, 2018.

The INEC chief described the commission as a constitutional body whose members were appointed for five years which may be renewed for a second and final term.

He noted that as of Monday, his tenure and that of the first set of five commissioners have ended.

“Pending the conclusion of the statutory process, the remaining national commissioners have resolved that AVM Ahmed Mu’azu (rtd) will oversee the affairs of the Commission.

“It is, therefore, my pleasure to hand over to him in the interim. We have worked as a team for the last four years. Therefore, there is nothing new to any one of them,” Professor Yakubu stated.

Since the appointment of Professor Yakubu who took over from Professor Attahiru Jega, INEC has conducted many elections, including the 2019 polls which saw the President extending his stay in office for another four years, as well as some governorship elections in the country.

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Yakubu Hands Over INEC Leadership, Awaits Senate Confirmation For Reappointment

Professor Mahmood Yakubu hands over INEC leadership to Air Vice Marshal Muazu Ahmed (rtd) at the headquarters of the electoral umpire in Abuja on November 9, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Professor Mahmood Yakubu has handed over his duties as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He passed on the leadership mantle to an INEC National Commissioner, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Muazu (rtd), on Monday at an event held at the headquarters of the electoral umpire in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Ahmed will act in that capacity pending when the Senate confirms the reappointment of Professor Yakubu as INEC chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In his remarks, Professor Yakubu informed those present at the event that the current INEC was inaugurated in three batches, in which he was sworn-in along with five national commissioners on November 9, 2015.

He noted that six more national commissioners were inaugurated on December 7, 2016, and another one on July 21, 2018.

The outgoing INEC chief described the commission as a constitutional body whose members were appointed for five years, and which may be renewed for a second and final term.

“This means that my tenure and that of the first set of five commissioners ends today,” he said.

Professor Yakubu added, “As you are already aware, the renewal of my tenure as chairman of the commission has been announced, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Our work as election managers requires us to enforce the law, regulations and guidelines.

“In doing so, we must demonstrate strict respect for, and compliance with, the constitution of Nigeria and subsidiary laws. Consequently, it will be inappropriate for me to remain in office beyond today, 9th November 2020, without confirmation by the Senate and swearing to another oath of office as provided by law.”

The outgoing described INEC boss stated that pending the conclusion of the statutory process, the remaining national commissioners resolved that Muazu would oversee the affairs of the electoral body.

“It is therefore my pleasure to hand over to him in the interim. We have worked as a team for the last four years. Therefore, there is nothing new to any one of them,” he said.

Professor Yakubu thanked the staff of the commission and the Resident Electoral Commissioners for their support during his first term as INEC chairman.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced the INEC chairman’s reappointment in a statement dated October 27, 2020.

Highpoints of the event are captured in the pictures below:

INEC Chairman Hands Over As Tenure Expires

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A file photo of the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at a press conference in Abuja on March 7, 2019. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, will today hand over his duties to an acting national chairman.

Sources in the commission told Channels Television on Monday that this will be the situation pending the confirmation of the INEC boss by the Senate.

The handing over is expected to take place in the afternoon at the headquarters of the electoral umpire in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Although the name of the person to take over from him has not been disclosed, Professor Yakubu is expected to handover to one of the national commissioners whose tenure has yet to expire.

This follows the reappointment of Professor Yakubu as INEC chairman for a second term of another five years in office by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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In a statement dated October 27, 2020, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed that his principal nominated Professor Yakubu reappointment in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

The President’s action, according to Adesina, is in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

But Professor Yakubu’s reappointment is subject to approval by members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

He assumed office on November 9, 2015, where he has been overseeing the activities of the electoral umpire.

Since the appointment of Professor Yakubu who took over from Professor Attahiru Jega, INEC has conducted many elections, including the 2019 polls which saw the President extending his stay in office for another four years, as well as some governorship elections in the country.

Situation Room Asks Senate To Approve INEC Chairman’s Reappointment

A file photo of INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

 

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has called on the Senate to confirm Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for a second tenure.

In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, the convener of the group, Clement Nwankwo, commended Professor Yakubu’s nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, forwarding the INEC chairman’s name to the Senate for approval provides an opportunity for lessons learnt from the 2019 general elections and recent off-cycle elections to be taken and long-lasting improvements made to the nation’s electoral process.

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“Situation Room calls on the Senate to confirm his appointment and calls on the National Assembly to expedite efforts to pass into law the Electoral Act (Repeal and Re-enactment Bill 2020).

“Situation Room also calls on the President to make nominations of credible persons to the Senate to fill existing vacant positions in INEC,” Nwankwo said.

The group is made up of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in support of credible and transparent elections in Nigeria.

They include Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), CLEEN Foundation, Action Aid Nigeria, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Proactive Gender Initiative (PGI), Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), and Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF).

Also among the CSOs are African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), CITAD, Enough is Enough Nigeria, WANGONET, Partners for Electoral Reform, JDPC, New Initiative for Social Development, and Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement AFRICA (YIAGA Africa), among others.

President Buhari reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as INEC Chairman for another five-year term on Tuesday.

He was first appointed as chairman of the electoral body in November 2015, six months after the President assumed office.

Professor Yakubu who took over from Professor Attahiru Jega, has led INEC to conduct many elections, including the 2019 general polls and some off-cycle elections which held recently.

Buhari Reappoints INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu For Another Term

A file photo of INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five-year term.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

Adesina disclosed that President Buhari had nominated Professor Yakubu for an appointment as INEC chairman for a second and final term in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

He explained that the President’s action was in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Professor Yakubu’s reappointment is, however, subject to approval by members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

“I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in the letter.

He first appointed the INEC chairman to oversee the activities of the electoral umpire in November 2015, six months after he assumed the office of the President.

Since the appointment of Professor Yakubu who took over from Professor Attahiru Jega, INEC has conducted many elections, including the 2019 polls which saw the President extending his stay in office for another four years.

Don’t Let Courts Determine Future Elections Outcome, Yakubu Tells Parties

A file photo of INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu. Photo: Channels Television/Sodiq Adelakun

 

 

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has advised political parties ahead of future elections in the country.

He urged them to shun acts that could lead to situations where the courts would be the ones to determine the outcomes of the forthcoming elections.

Professor Yakubu gave the advice when he met with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Ahead of the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively, he decried the recent litigations which resulted in the Supreme Court determining the winners of the polls in some states.

“The end of tenure governorship elections in Edo and Ondo are holding later in the year.

“Given recent experience with some governorship elections, political parties need to do more to avoid the conduct of acrimonious primaries or failure to observe due diligence in the screening of their candidates, resulting in protracted litigations and eventual determination of the outcome of elections by orders of the court,” the INEC boss said.

He warned that the court might have to decide the outcomes of the polls should political parties continue to conduct inappropriate party primaries and poor screening of their nominated candidates that could lead to protracted litigations.

Professor Yakubu, therefore, asked the political parties to be mindful of the “two critical dates” in the timetable released by INEC recently.

He said, “Party primaries for the democratic election and nomination of candidates for the Governorship election in Edo State must be held from June 2-27,” adding, “The date for Ondo State is July 2-25.”

The INEC boss warned that the commission would not extend the dates.

“We will also rigorously monitor the primaries and where necessary, apply sanctions as provided by law,” he stressed.