Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has screened Professor Mahmood Yakubu following his nomination for appointment as chairman of INEC for a second term in office.

The screening session took place at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday.

During the screening, Professor Yakubu appealed to the National Assembly to pass the Amended Electoral Act Bill latest in the first quarter of 2021.

He stated that passing the piece of legislation within the timeframe recommended was critical for the success of the 2023 general elections.

He informed the lawmakers that the electoral body had submitted several areas for amendments in the Electoral Act.

According to him, it is extremely important for the electoral legal framework to be finalised in due time as INEC cannot conduct elections under uncertainty.

Professor Yakubu said that INEC would continue to deepen the use of technology for elections and explore other ways in which the electoral process could benefit from technology.

He disclosed that the electoral umpire was working to ensure that materials needed for the elections were procured well ahead of time.

The Presidency announced Professor Yakubu’s reappointment as INEC chairman for another five-year term on October 27.

Following the completion of his first term, Professor Yakubu handed over the leadership of INEC to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Muazu who has been acting as chairman of the commission since November 9.

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