Newly appointed Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said some of Nigeria’s socio-political problems would be solved if the country gets its electoral process right.
Yakubu made the disclosure recently, during the inaugural meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters and Political Parties Affairs, at the National Assembly complex in Abuja.
Prof. Yakubu, who came in company of two INEC national commissioners, Amina Zakari and Lawrence Nwuruku, informed the lawmakers that the commission was ready for the December 5 gubernatorial poll in Bayelsa.
”If we get our voting process right, we will definitely solve some of our major problems, our developmental problem and others.
”INEC is ready for the Bayelsa elections, whatever the people decide, that is what we are committed to,” Yakubu said.
He noted that a standard had been set by the immediate past INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, adding that more feats would be achieved under his stewardship at the electoral body.
According to him, “we are committed to building on the success of the 2015 elections. 48,000 people have further been registered with their permanent voter cards, PVCs ready and distributed.
”All sensitive materials have been deposited with the CBN and distribution to local government areas for the Kogi election slated for November 21.”
The INEC boss said all security agencies had been mandated that the election hold in a peaceful atmosphere, stating that the army would not be part of the efforts of these agencies.
He called for a robust relationship with the House Committee on Electoral Matters, particularly on the amendment of the Electoral Act.
Earlier, in her inaugural speech, chairman of the committee, Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku, said that despite the success recorded in the last general elections, the exercise was marred by violence.
She added that the procedural errors in the last general elections could be addressed while decrying the poor participation of women in politics.

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