Senate begins process to confirm 12 INEC RECs

The Senate on Wednesday received the report on the remaining 12 nominees for INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The upper chamber had earlier confirmed 15 out of the 27 nominees.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif, laid the report on the remaining nominees at the chamber.

This comes two weeks after the Senate vowed not to consider any nomination by the Presidency over the retention of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.


The senators had decided “that the Senate do suspend all issues relating to confirmation of nominees from the executive until the issues of confirmation, as contained in the Constitution and laws of the National Assembly, are adhered to.”

Nazif said all the nominees were cleared by the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services and the Code of Conduct Bureau.

He added that the remaining nominees were still under screening by the panel.

He said, “The findings on the nominees are as follows: the 27 nominees referred to the committee for screening were cleared by relevant security agencies – the Police, Department of State Services and the Code of Conduct Bureau.

“Recommendation: after a through scrutiny of all relevant documents of the nominees, members of the committee were satisfied with the qualifications, experience and suitability of the 15 nominees in the first batch, while the remaining 12 nominees are still undergoing screening by the committee.”

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