The Independent National Electoral Commission said the need for electoral reform in Nigeria is inevitable, the Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood stated this in Abuja during a meeting with the newly executive of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC).
He said “The Electoral Reform will obviously require an amendment to the constitution, amendment for new provisions of the Electoral Act and also amendment to the guidelines that emerge from the constitutional amendment and amendment to the Electoral Act. We will continue to rely on the support of the Political Parties and IPAC to achieve that, so that we can further strengthen our democratic process”.
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Yakubu Mahmood, canvassed the support of Political Parties yesterday at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, during an introductory meeting with the newly elected executive of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), led by the Council’s Chairman-elect, Mohammed Lawal Nalado, and the outgoing Chairman, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim.
He assured that INEC would work with the new executive to further advance the cause of election management in the country. The INEC Chairman noted that IPAC had become an effective channel through which the Commission communicated with Political Parties since it was not possible to meet with all parties as much as the Commission may deem necessary.
Professor Mahmood appreciated the outgoing Chairman of IPAC, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim for his sacrifices and for agreeing not to stand for a second term considering the leadership crisis that had bedeviled the Council in the last one year. Said he: “it only shows that for you and other members, who think like you, IPAC is more important than any individual and you have clearly indicated that”.
He assured the incoming IPAC executive that the Commission will continue to consult and seek the support of Political Parties through the umbrella body not only on immediate issues but also over the medium and long term issues that will entrench democracy in the country.
Earlier in his remarks, the outgoing chairman of IPAC, Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim explained that his mission was to introduce the newly elected exco, and to solicit the same measure of support accorded his team by the Commission for the newly elected team.
On his part, the IPAC Chairman, Mohammed Lawal Nalado, commended INEC’s efforts so far especially in the build up that led to his election. He reassured that IPAC under his leadership would continue to support the Commission towards sustainable democracy. “We would support INEC in all policies that will bring about positive developments in our democracy,” he pledged.
He noted that the last IPAC election was greeted with a lot of instability that almost grounded IPAC throughout the year. He assured that those days had been put behind by all factions for the greater good.