Nigeria`s poll body chairman removed

Nigeria`s acting President Goodluck Jonathan has removed the country`s poll body chief after he was blamed for flawed 2007 elections that brought country`s ailing head of state Umaru Musa Yar`Adua to power.

Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 19:26 PM IST

Abuja: Nigeria`s acting President
Goodluck Jonathan has removed the country`s poll body chief
after he was blamed for flawed 2007 elections that brought
country`s ailing head of state Umaru Musa Yar`Adua to power.
Prof Maurice Iwu, Chairman of Independent National
Electoral Commission, has faced a barrage of criticisms in
recent times with the latest coming from the US that sought
his removal.

Jonathan, who exercises executive powers due to
Yar`Adua`s ailment, has directed Iwu "to proceed on terminal
leave" and "hand over to the most senior National Commissioner
who shall oversee the activities of the commission pending the
appointment of a substantive chairman".
Also, protesters besieged the west African country`s
Parliament early this month seeking removal of Iwu, whose
tenure was to expire on mid-June.

They expressed fear that his presence as poll body
chief might lead to the conduct of another flawed election in
2011.

PTI