Following the expiration of their five-year tenure, the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, who hails from Kebbi State, in the North-West, is to bow out of the commission next week Tuesday, June 30, 2015, along with six National Commissioners.
The other six National Commissioners whose tenures expire on the same day are: Col. M.K. Hammanga (rtd)- Adamawa State (North-East); Dr Ishmael Jikiri Igbani- Rivers State (South South); Prof. Lai Olurode, Osun State (South-West); Dame Gladys Nne Nwafor, Abia State (South-East); Mrs Thelma Amata Iremiren, Delta State (South- South), and Engr. Dr. Nuru A. Yakubu, OON, Yobe State (North-East).
Former President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated them on June 30, 2010.
Four other National Commissioners are to leave the commission in July and August this year.
They are- Dr. Abdulkadir S. Oniyangi, OFR, Kwara State (North -Central), whose tenure will expire on July 21, 2015; Mrs Amina Bala Zakari, Jigawa State (North-West); whose tenure will also expire on July 21, 2015; Dr Chris O. Iyimoga, Nasarawa State (North-Central); whose tenure will expire on August 11, 2015, and Amb. (Dr.) Mohammed Ahmad Wali, Sokoto State (North-West) whose tenure will expire as well on August 11, 2015.
*Tenures of 16 RECS Already Expired Last Week
In the meantime, the tenures of 16 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) have expired and they left the Commission last week.
A gala night was held in their honour last week Thursday at the Le Meridien Hotel, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
They are- Ahmad Makama, Bauchi State; Haliru A. Tambuwal, Sokoto State; Abdullahi Umar Danyaya, Niger State; Abubakar U.G. Wara, Kebbi State; Mr. Mike Igini, Delta State; Prof. Selina Omagha Oko, Ebonyi State; Hussaini Ahmed Mahuta, Katsina State; Dr. A.L. Ogunmola, Oyo State; Alh. Ibrahim Zarewa, Kano State; Prof. Tukur Sa’ad, Adamawa State; Dr. Emmanuel Onucheyo, Kogi State; Kassim Gana Gaidam, Yobe State; Mr. Timothy Ibitoye, Osun State; Amb. Dr. Rufus Akeju, Lagos State; Prof. C.E. Onukaogu, Abia State; and Ibrahim Bagobiri Marafa, Zamfara State.
But even as the Commission is being depleted, following the progressive expiration of the tenures of National Commissioners, its (INEC’s) work will continue apace and uninterrupted because it can always form a quorum.
Section 159 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) states:
(1.) The quorum for a meeting of any of the bodies established by Section 153 of this Constitution shall be not less than one-third of the total number of members of that body at the date of the meeting.
(2.) A member of such a body shall be entitled to one vote, and a decision of the meeting may be taken and any act or thing may be done in the name of that body by a majority of the members present at the meeting.
(3.) Whenever such body is assembled for a meeting, the Chairman or other person presiding shall, in all matters in which a decision is taken by vote (by whatever name such vote may be called) have a casting as well as a deliberative vote.
(4.) Subject to its rules of procedure, any such body may act or take part in any decision notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership or the absence of any member.