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Nigeria: Senate confirms Jega’s appointment

ATTAHIRU JEGA

The appointment of Attahiru Jega as as the new chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, was confirmed by Nigerian Senate, Thursday

Jega, vice chancellor of Bayero University in the northern city of Kano, was nominated to the post by President Goodluck Jonathan two weeks ago.

Jega said during his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that his nomination for the INEC job “is the greatest challenge of his life” and pledged to do “everything” to conduct a free and fair polls next year.

He is to replace Maurice Iwu, the former INEC chairman who conducted the 2007 elections which were judged “flawed” by local and international observers.