Femi Falana, a human rights attorney, has criticized President Bola Tinubu’s selection of four of the ten residents’ electoral commissioners, citing the constitution’s prohibition on party membership, even for the ruling party.
The President has stated that there will be a Resident Electoral Commissioner for each State of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, appointed by the President and not less than forty years old. The Commissioner must possess unwavering integrity and impartiality, and cannot be selected by individuals affiliated with any registered political party to ensure the integrity of elections.
According to what he said, “there shall be a Resident Electoral Commissioner for each State of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, who shall be appointed by the President and shall not be less than forty years of age, by the combined effect of section 154(1) of the Constitution and paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule to the Constitution.
“The individual must also possess unwavering integrity and be impartial.” Therefore, INEC Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioners cannot be selected by individuals who are affiliated with any of the registered political parties in order to ensure the integrity of elections.