The Independent and National Electoral Commission (INEC), has appointed Amina Zakari as the head the collation centre for the 2019 general elections. Zakari is to head the committee on collation centre, one of the two committees for the election which the commission inaugurated today January 3rd.

Speaking during the inauguration of the committees in Abuja, INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu, said the committees shall be responsible for the national collation centre which would be situated at the International Conference Centre, from where results of the Presidential election will be announced.

“It will serve as the secretariat for collation of results and venue for briefing of international observers and the media,” he said.

The former INEC Director of Operations, who hails from Daura, President Buhari’s hometown, was last year moved to Health and Welfare arm of the Commission. She was appointed acting INEC chairman immediately after Attahiru Jega’s tenure expired. She was in office until the current chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu was appointed.

Amina Bala Zakari was the former Acting Chairman of INEC. Her appointment took effect from the directive of the President Muhammadu Buhari following the expiration of the tenure of her predecessor, Attahiru Jega on July 30, 2015.

Zakari, who was the first woman to be appointed to the position of the leadership of INEC was replaced with Mahmood Yakubu.

She is a princess of the Kazaure Emirate of Jigawa State. She was born on June 23, 1960 to the late Emir of Kazaure, Hussaini Adamu.

Zakari completed her elementary education at Shekara Girls Primary School, Kano in 1971 and had her secondary education at Queens College, Lagos.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy with Second Class Upper, best graduating student, in 1980 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

She was the Senior Consultant/Chief Pharmacist working on PTF-funded health projects across Nigeria.

The former INEC boss once served as Special Assistant to the President from 2004 to 2007. She was former National Electoral Commissioner at INEC. She had also chaired the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) of INEC.

She was chairman of the INEC Planning Monitoring and Strategy Committee, effective November 2014.

Zakari is a widow with five children, who lost her husband in December 2000. Her late husband, Bala Zakari Kazaure, Santurakin Kazaure, a career banker and economist was an executive officer at Union Bank PLC prior to his death.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, faulted the appointment of Zakari because she’s a niece of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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