Nigeria’s electoral chief bows out of office

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Nigeria’s electoral chief Attahiru Jega on Tuesday bowed out of office after spending five years at helm of affairs at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Nigeria map
Jega, who conducted the 2011 and 2015 general elections in the African most populous country, retired from office with six other electoral commissioners. He handed over affairs of the Nigerian electoral commission to Ahmed Wali, a national commissioner of INEC, who will now head the electoral body in acting capacity, an official statement said.
The out-gone electoral chief was appointed in 2010. But more encomiums was showered on him at the twilight of his tenure, having successfully conducted the general election of 2015, held on March 28, adjudged one of the most credible ever conducted in Nigeria.
The first election he conducted, in 2011, was also generally acknowledged to be better than the previous ones.
Jega had announced after the March elections that he would quit office after spending a single term of five years and had also hinted that he would turn down any offer for tenure elongation by the government.
The former electoral chief, who had earlier served as president of the Academic Staff Union of (Nigerian) Universities and vice- chancellor of the Bayero University in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kano, told Xinhua he would return to his teaching profession upon his retirement at the electoral office. Enditem

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