The Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement, YIAGA, has commended the Federal Government on the newly nominated 27 persons as Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, of the Independent National Electoral Commissions. (INEC).
The Executive Director, YIAGA, Samson Itodo, said the Federal government had shown a level of commitment by nominating the RECs, as that would enable INEC function optimally since the RECs are central to election administration, the nomination will positively have impact on the implementation of the election plan.
“Now that these members are nominated, it is of great importance they have full understanding of the state they are assigned to, having a full understanding of the geography of each local government in the state, the demography of the state, as well as cultivation of relationship with the staff of the commission,” he said.
The director said that these will also boost the human capacity and resources during the coming 2019 elections.
Speaking on the reappointment of Mike Igini who pioneered the use smart card reader, the director said nominating him as one of the RECs will also help improve what he had started and it is a pointer that the commission believes in knowledge retention.
Mr.Itodo emphasized that those nominated would be with high moral integrity and capacity and the senate would be thorough in screening nominees to ensure they are suitable.
On the nomination, Mr Itodo commended Mr. President, on a well thought out list stating the nomination cut across various sectors.
Mr. Itodo further urged the government to hasten up with the appointment of the remaining 6 RECs as currently there are 33 vacancies and just 27 have been appointed
Earlier, YIAGA had embarked on a legal action, asking the Federal High Court Abuja, for an order of mandamus to compel the President to his constitutional duty of appointing RECs for INEC.
YIAGA is non-governmental organisation that promotes democratic governance, human rights and youth political participation.