As shown in the chart above, top in the organization structure is the Commission which is responsible for all decisions and policies within the organization. Their decisions and policies are passed in meetings which are presided over by the Chairman of the Commission. In his absence, the Vice Chairman does so and if the Vice Chairman is also absent or unable, then the members present may elect one of the members to act as the Chairman.
The quorum for a Commission’s meeting shall be four Commissioners including the Chairman. Decisions are made by a majority vote. The Commission may continue to discharge its functions notwithstanding any vacancy among its members. The Commission is allowed by the electoral laws to make regulations, rules and directives to govern the electoral process.
Under the Commission there is the Director of Elections who is also the Secretary to the Commission and Chief Executive. The Director of Elections is the head of the Secretariat which comprises of five departments, Elections Management, Permanent National Voters Register Systems,Administration and Human Resources Management, Planning,Monitoring and Evaluation and Voter Education Public Information.There are also four units namely Legal Services, Finance and Accounts,Procurement Management and Internal Audit.
TENURE OF SERVICE OF A COMMISSIONER
A commissioner ceases to be a member of the Commission after the expiry of five years from the date of his/her appointment or if any event arises which, if he/she were not a member of the Commission, would cause him/her to be disqualified for appointment as a Commissioner.
The President may remove a member of the Commission from office only for inability to discharge the functions of his/her office arising from infirmity or from any other cause, or for bad behavior or for losing the qualifications for being a commissioner.