Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has returned his apron in accordance with the constitution and transferred his powers to a national commissioner in the person of Ahmed Muazu, a retired Air Vice Marshal.
The handover took place on Monday, November 09, 2020 at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in Abuja.
Yakubu handed over the witness to Ahmed while waiting for the Senate to confirm the appointment of a new president of the institution in charge of organizing elections in the country. He was appointed chairman of INEC for the first time in November 2015. He succeeded Attahiru Jega, who supervised the 2015 general elections.
Duration of the mandate of the commissioners at INEC
According to Yakubu, the outgoing president of the NEC, the commission is a constitutional body whose members are appointed for five years. They can be reappointed for a second and final term.
Yakubu is stepping down for selection by the Senate and possible reappointment for a second five-year term. Yakubu was reappointed for a second term by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, but his reappointment has not yet been approved by the Senate.
Pending the Senate’s opinion, Yakubu said that « As you already know, my reappointment as chairman of the Commission has been announced, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Our work as election managers requires us to comply with the law, regulations and guidelines.
The Senate will probably meet on November 24 to consider the appointment of a new president or the reappointment of the outgoing president of INEC.