Senate yesterday berated the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over pending senatorial re-run elections in six out of the 109 senatorial districts across the country.
This followed a Point of Order raised by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East) at the day’s plenary, saying the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu should be ordered to appear before the upper legislative chamber to explain reasons for the pending re-run elections in affected states.
Senator Murray-Bruce noted that the non-representation of some states in the Senate violates Section 48 of the 1999 Constitution which provides that: “The Senate shall consist of three senators from each state and one from the Federal capital Territory, Abuja,” and particularly asked the Senate to take up the issue with the INEC chairman.
Ne noted that the people of the affected areas which are Kogi East, Anambra Central, Imo North, Rivers East, Rivers West and Rivers Southeast had constitutional right to be represented in the Senate.
He said: “We have not had representation in this chamber from Rivers State, part of Anambra, Imo, Kogi and some other states. INEC concluded elections in one week in Federal Capital Territory, FCT,but in these states they had no representation here and it does not make any sense.
“It is a violation of the constitution; the people of these states have a right to have representation here. The INEC Chairman owes us an explanation to explain why these elections have not been concluded.”
However, the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over plenary, explained that he was aware that INEC would meet to fix dates for the elections today.
“It is clear in the constitution that INEC should quickly conduct within 30days bye-elections where vacancies occur and so it is far past 30 days when vacancies occurred in some places. It is important that we urge INEC to ensure that as soon as possible that these elections are conducted so that every part of the country, every state would have their full representation in the National Assembly,” he stated.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday this week, people from Imo North Senatorial District staged a protest at the National Assembly to call attention to the delay in conducting the re-run election of the senatorial district by INEC.

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