Category: Trending | Posted date: 2019-02-16 05:05:41 | Updated date: 2019-02-16 05:22:03 | Posted by: Mercy-Babs News
... the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled was no longer feasible
The Nigeria Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections earlier scheduled for Saturday February 16, 2019 (today) by one week.
The announcement was made around 2.50am this morning as contained in a five-paragraphed statement read by the chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu after an emergency meeting held for a few hours by the commission.
According to the statement, the commission has rescheduled the Presidential and National Assembly Elections to Saturday, February 23, 2019 while the governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections earlier scheduled for March 2 have been rescheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019.
Prof. Yakubu, who attributed the decision of the commission to logistic reasons, said the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled was no longer feasible.
According to him: “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 22, 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”, he said.
Yakubu, who refused to entertain questions from newsmen, said the decision was very difficult for the commission to take, but necessary in the interest of democracy.
“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 2pm on Saturday 16 (today) February 2019 at the Abuja International Conference Centre”, The INEC boss said.