President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari, as the acting chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after Prof. Attahiru Jega bowed out of office on Tuesday.
A statement issued by the Director Communications in the Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Haruna Imrana, on behalf of the HoS, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, confirmed the appointment.
Zakari, the first female to occupy the position albeit in an acting capacity, was a National Electoral Commissioner until her recent appointment.
According to Kifasi, Zakari’s appointment was with immediate effect and would subsist from June 30, 2015 until the appointment of a substantive chairman.
Jega was appointed the chairman of the commission by former President Goodluck Jonathan on June 30, 2010. He conducted two elections in 2011 and 2015.
Jega left the commission with six national commissioners whose tenure also expired on Tuesday.