Saturday 21st October, 2017
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INEC operates without RECs in 33 states

INEC operates without RECs in 33 states

About 33 state offices of the Independent Na­tional Electoral Com­mission (INEC) now operate without substantive Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) following the inability of the Federal Government to replace those who served out their tenures since last year.
 
INEC sources disclosed that about 29 RECs have com­pleted their tenure without be­ing replaced, while five others will leave office on Saturday, leaving the commission with only four Resident Electoral Commissioners.
Confirming the develop­ment, INEC National Com­missioner, May Agbamuche- Mbu, said that the electoral body will soon fill the vacant offices. She added that the de­velopment will not create any vacuum in the commission’s operations in the states as de­cisions are only taken from the national headquarters.
 
“By March 4, five more Res­ident Electoral Commission­ers (RECs) will complete their tenure. This is in addition to the 28 RECs who had earlier completed their tenure. Those leaving on March 4 are Prof. Jacob Jatau (Federal Capi­tal Territory), Segun Agbaje (Ondo), Barrister Austin Oko­jie (Bayelsa), Baba Abba Yu­suf (Adamawa) and Nasir Ay­ilara (Niger). We thank these gentlemen for their contribu­tions to the work of the com­mission over the last five years and wish them well in their fu­ture endeavours,” Agbamuche-Mbu disclosed.
Agbamuche-Mbu told jour­nalists on Thursday in Abuja that INEC had begun the im­plementation of the report of the in-house panel on Rivers’ rerun with the overhauling of the state office.
The national commissioner stated that based on the Report of the Administrative Panel on the Rivers Rerun elections, the commission decided to rede­ploy key officers of the Rivers State office of INEC.
According to her, all the di­recting staff, including the Administrative Secretary, all Heads of Department, Deputy Directors and Assistant Direc­tors as well as all the 23 Elec­toral Officers in Rivers State, have been redeployed.
Agbamuche-Mbu further revealed that a total of 202 of­ficials of INEC from 14 states were mentioned in the report, adding that the commission subsequently queried and in­vited them to appear before an Administrative Panel. The final report of the panel will be considered by INEC next week, she said.

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