President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday December 9, swore-in Professor Mahmood Yakubu for his second five-year term as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The event took place at the Executive Council Chambers of the State House in Abuja before the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting commenced.
It was further learnt that a minute silence was observed in honour of former Minister of Defense, the late Major General Domkat Bali.
Professor Yakubu who spoke to newsmen after being sworn-in, said preparations were already ongoing on how to ensure an acceptable general elections in 2023. He said they are collaborating with the National Assembly to deliver an amended electoral legal framework in record time.
“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’ll ensure a speedy passage of the amendment bill and once it is assented to, it will help us enormously in confronting the challenges ahead.
“The 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.”