Council of State to meet over INEC commissioners and more

The Council of State is scheduled to meet in Abuja next week Thursday to discuss key appointments proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari, Daily Trust reports.

The Council during the meeting is expected to consider names of nominees to fill vacant positions of National and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The electoral body currently has six national commissioners out of 12, while 21 out of 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners are yet to be appointed.

According to a Presidency source the meeting is scheduled to hold in the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa at 11:00am.

President Buhari would also use the meeting to brief the Council on the nomination of Ibrahim Idris as Acting Inspector-General of Police. The Nigerian Police Council (NPC) is expected to ratify the appointment thereafter.

The Nigerian Council of State is an organ of the Nigerian government whose functions include advising the executive on policy making.

The Council comprises the President as chairman; Vice President (deputy chairman); all former presidents and all former heads of the government of the federation; all former Chief Justices of Nigeria; President of the Senate; Speaker of the House of Representatives; governors and Attorney-General of the Federation.

The responsibilities of the Council include advising the president in the exercise of his powers with respect to the appointments of INEC commissioners, members of the National Population Commission, the National Judicial Council, prerogative of mercy and award of national honours.

The council also advises the president whenever requested to do so on the maintenance of public order and on such other matters as the president may direct.


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