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Senate drops stance on 27 Independent National Elec­toral Commission RECs

by on May 3, 2017
 

The Senate has dropped its hard-line stance on the clearance of 27 Independent National Elec­toral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commis­sioners (RECs) nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

On March 28, 2017, the Upper House had suspended the screening and confirma­tion of the RECs because of the failure of the President to remove the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commis­sion (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, after he was rejected twice by the Senate based on the neg­ative report by the Depart­ment of State Services (DSS).

But at the plenary on Tues­day, the Senate rescinded its action and referred the RECs nominees to its Committee on INEC for screening and file its report in two weeks.

Also yesterday, the Sen­ate President Bukola Saraki replaced Senator Ali Ndume with Senator Suleiman Nazif as the Chairman of the Sen­ate Committee on INEC.

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Senator Nazif, before he was announced as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, has been the Chairman of the Senate Committee on La­bour, Employment and Productivity.

Saraki did not state whether he would head the two committees simultaneously, as he did not name another person for Nazif’s Labour Committee.

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