New INEC Chair, Mahmood Yakubu Promises To Build On Jega’s Record
The new chairman of the Independent National Electoral ?Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has said that rather than experiment with reforms, he will consolidate on the reforms implemented by the former chiarman of the commission, Attahiru Jega.
Yakubu stated this on Thursday while answering to questions during his screening at the senate.
He promised to firm up the electoral process and not to be intimidated into doing what is not proper.
“The success of any election depends on the ability of the commission to organise and arrange properly in advance,” he said.
“But in this country we have the culture of rush?, as a result of this so many things that are supposed to be done much early are not done.
“If six months is the time limit under the law at present, I definitely will look at the possibility of coming back to the national assembly for an appropriate amended of the electoral act to enable us to have longer period of time for preparation.
“There must be no room for experimentation. As far as I am concerned something happened to this country in 2015, and we should consolidate on that.
“I’m not coming in for experimentation. I am coming in for consolidation. We cannot experiment all the time because for the first time we have achieved tremendous democratic stability in this country. Democracy is not about here and now, it is about here and forever.”