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Lagos PDP task INEC Chairman on fairness, continuous voter registration

The party advanced fairness of the electoral umpire as well as deployment of e-registration and e-voting.

• November 9, 2020
Prof. Yakub Mahmood
INEC chariman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu [Photo Credit: Twitter]

The Lagos chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu to ensure more fairness as he commences second term in office.

The state PDP spokesman Taofik Gani gave the advice in an interview with NAN on Monday in Lagos. He said that the INEC boss on his reappointment should read the riot act to the INEC officials to elevate fairness in elections.

“Indeed, the INEC Chairman should show more fairness and be able to speak the truth to his “employer”. The INEC chairman should prove his critics wrong by delivering credible elections all over the country.

“Prof. Yakubu must show competence by not limiting duty to Election Day alone. He must read the riot act to all staff of the commission and himself to stay very credible and content.

“All he needs is stern body language and all will be proper. The late Dora Akunyili single-handedly revolutionised service delivery at NAFDAC, today she remains a heroine,” Mr. Gani said.

Mr. Gani urged the INEC chairman to reform and reinvigorate the electoral process by also ensuring credible continuous voter registration, education and elections.

“Importantly, INEC must regularise continuous voter registration, look into adopting electronic voting.

“We can start from all possible constituencies. Even in the U.S., some areas still did manual voting. These two areas should start now,” he added.

Mr. Yakubu was nominated for reappointment by President Muhammadu Buhari on October 27. His confirmation is pending at the Senate.

He would be the first INEC chairman to have his appointment renewed if it is confirmed by the Senate.

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