Ike Ekweremadu, the Nigerian deputy senate president, has blamed the spate of inconclusive elections across the country on absence of resident electoral commissioners in twenty states.
In a motion on the floor on Tuesday, Ekweremadu urged the senate to charge President Muhammadu Buhari to nominate qualified persons to fill in the vacant positions at the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He also urged the senate to ask INEC “to immediately conclude all unfinished rerun elections in the country,” and to “constitute an ad hoc committee to hold a public hearing to review the performance of INEC in the past one year with the aim to determine the factors that may have caused the perceived decline of the electoral system”.
“The senate notes with deep concern, that at least twenty states of the federation don’t have any resident electoral commissioners, contrary to section 14 (2) of Third Schedule of the 1999 constitution (as amended),” Ekweremadu noted
“The senate further notes that INEC cannot perform optimally without the total complement of members that will oversee the activities of other personnel.”
After his presentation, the senate endorsed the requests, and it called on the president to immediately fill in the vacant positions at INEC
Source: Thecable news