HAPPENING NOW: Why INEC May Postpone Presidential Elections Indefinitely

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HAPPENING NOW: Why INEC May Postpone Presidential Elections Indefinitely

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is considering postponing Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections.

Multiple sources close to the electoral commission said the postponement is being considered due to some logistics challenges being faced by the commission in many states.

The electoral body is facing difficulty distributing sensitive electoral materials to some states of the federation, an official said.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, is currently meeting with stakeholders, including international and local observers.

Sources close to the commission was quoted by Punch Newspaper as saying that the commission is discussing the possibility of shifting the date of the election over logistics problems.

An insider said some reasons were being tabled before the stakeholders by the commission as possible reasons why the election might be shifted.

A formal announcement is expected after the on Friday night, our sources said.

It is unclear at this time what the new election date would be.

“There will definitely be a postponement but we are yet to take a decision on the new date,” an official said.
Some of the states where the logistic challenges are said to occur include Niger and Ekiti.

An earlier report by the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Niger State as saying that the ballot papers for two of the state’s three senatorial districts were missing as of Friday evening.

In Ekiti, the former governor of the state, Ayo Fayose, accused INEC of deliberately hoarding materials for the presidential, Senate and House of Representatives elections in some states to frustrate the PDP.






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