Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission today issued certificates of return to members and senators-elect who were successful at the February 23 National Assembly polls. The event which took place at the International Conference Centre, same venue that as the National Collation Centre for the Presidential election was witnessed by many dignitaries including the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Ataba Sani-Omolori. The Clerk who is the head of the parliamentary bureaucracy was on ground to receive his incoming political bosses. It is worthy to note that amongst the lawmakers who collected certificate of return (C of R), over sixty percent would be having their first outing in parliamentary duties and obligations.

At the ceremony, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu welcomed the newly elected lawmakers and promised that the Commission would begin work on post 2019 electoral review and roadmap for 2023; noting that election successes in Nigeria depends on electoral legal framework. Prof. Yakubu urged the legislative arm to always start work on electoral framework at early stage so as to avoid partisan interest influence when such assignment is started late.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives had had at ots plenary on Wednesday, 13th March, 2019, set up a special committee to interface with the INEC to find answers to the trend of inconclusive elections in the nation’s electoral system. The House Resolution came after it reviewed the conduct of the 2019 General Elections and noted that the electoral system needs help to overcome its present challenges. The also expressed concern about the high degree of inconclusive elections in States like Adamawa, Benue, Bauchi, Kano and Sokoto even though leading candidates had met the constitutional requirements. The House observed further that the trend of inconclusiveness was a risk to Nigeria’s electoral system and also agreed that solution to inconclusive election lies in legislative duties.


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