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Saturday, 16 February 2019

EXCLUSIVE REPORT - INEC reschedules presidential, NASS elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections earlier scheduled for today ( Saturday ) by one week .


Consequently, the commission has rescheduled the Presidential and National Assembly Elections to Saturday , February 23 , 2019 while the governorship , State Houses of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory Area Council polls earlier fixed for March 2 would now be conducted on Saturday , March 9 2019 .
The chairman of INEC, Prof . Mahmood Yakubu, who read a five -paragraph statement by 2 :50 am on Saturday , attributed the decision to logistic reasons , but refused to entertain any question.

He said , “ The Independent National Electoral Commission met on Friday, February 15, 2019 , and reviewed its preparations for the 2019 General Elections scheduled for Saturday , February 16 2019 and Saturday , March 2 2019 .
“ Following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan and the determination to conduct free , fair and credible elections , the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible .

“ Consequently, the commission has decided to reschedule the Presidential and National Assembly Elections to Saturday , February 23 2019 . Furthermore, the Governorship , State House of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory ( FCT ) Area Council Elections is rescheduled to Saturday , March 9 2019 . This will afford the commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of our elections .
“ This was a difficult decision for the commission to take, but necessary for the successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy .

“ The commission will meet key stakeholders to update them on this development at 2 pm on Saturday 16 ( today) February 2019 at the Abuja International Conference Centre. ”

Via Punchng

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