Some REC Nominees Confirmed by Senate Campaigned For Political Parties – YIAGA Africa
A civil society organisation, YIAGA Africa, has expressed displeasure that some Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) nominees participated in political campaigns.
Samson Itodo, the Executive Director of YIAGA Africa, made this known during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.
Senate President Godswill Akpabio, on Wednesday, announced the confirmation of seven RECs through a voice vote during the plenary session.
However, in reaction, Itodo said appointing partisan individuals as RECs showed that Nigerians did not matter in the affairs of the state.
According to him, some of the nominees who were confirmed on Wednesday were partisan.
Itodo said, “Civil societies have been screaming and citizens complaining about these nominees that the president appointed as Resident Electoral Commissioners for two reasons.
“Some of those nominees did not meet the constitutional test of non-partisanship. Because the constitution is very clear – Section 156 as well as paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule.
“The people we appoint into the electoral commission must not have partisan affiliations. It is public knowledge that some nominees who were confirmed today are not just party members, but they have been seen, there are videos and images to show that these individuals have also campaigned for political parties.”