The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, on Tuesday swore in nine more Resident Electoral Commissioners ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
The commission had earlier sworn in 14 RECs on July 8, 2017 thereby bringing the total number of those sworn in by the commission to 23.
President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners for INEC on March 27 to fill the vacancies created by those who retired from service.
Those sworn in on Tuesday are Mr. Mike Igini, Mrs. Asamau Maikudi, Prof. Sam Egwu, Mr. Abdulganiyu Raji, Prof. Shehu Risikuwa, Mr. Sam Omeku, Mr. Geidam Kassim, Mallam Sadiq Musa and Mr. Sam Olumekun.
Yakubu restated the commitment of the commission to the conduct of improved elections in the country in 2019, intimating that INEC would soon release the Election Project Plan and the Election Management System that would make it possible to track activities everyday.
He said the new RECs would not be allowed to serve in their respective states of origin, even though they could serve in their geopolitical zones.
He reminded them of the heightened preparations for the forthcoming elections, stressing that it’s 548 days away.