General News of Thursday, 12 September 2019
A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria, Professor Attahiru Jega will visit Ghana from September 12 to September 14, 2019.
Prof Jega will be in Ghana on the invitation of the Electoral Commission to help broaden its scope, knowledge and best practices on the electoral processes both locally and internationally.
“The Electoral Commission believes that he will bring his vast experience and expertise to bear on its operations, especially on the conduct of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections,” the Commission said in a press statement signed by Mrs Sylvania Annoh, Communications Officer.
Prof Jega was appointed Chairperson of INEC in July 2010 and was the only Chairman to oversee two general elections in Nigeria in 2011 and 2015.
He is credited with institutionalising systems and measures that catalysed the success of Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Nigeria.
Prof Attahiru Muhammadu Jega is a Nigerian academic and former Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano.
On June 8, 2010, he was nominated by then-President Goodluck Jonathan as the new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), subject to Senate confirmation, as a replacement for Professor Maurice Iwu, who vacated the post on 28 April 2010.
Jega is the only INEC chairman to oversee two Nigerian General Elections (2011 and 2015). Jega retired on 30 June 2015 handing over his position to Amina Zakari according to a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari, she served as the acting chairperson until a proper replacement was named.
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