INEC postpones Nigeria elections, announces February 23rd as new date

The independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has postponed the February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The new date of the polls will now be Saturday February 23.

There have been meetings since Friday night, but this decisions was reached early Saturday morning in a meeting INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, had with the 12 national commissioners in Abuja.

While, addressing the media at about 2:45am, Yakubu narrated that the shift was mainly due to logistics problems faced by the commission.

“Following a careful review, the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections will not be feasible”, he also said.

Yakubu narrated that the decision was taken in order to give the nation a free, fair and credible exercise.

“Furthermore, the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly and FCT elections will hold on Saturday March 9”, the electoral commission chief added.

The national elections are expected to hold at 119,973 polling units across the country while collation of results will take place in 8,809 Registration Areas or Wards, 774 Local Government Areas and 36 States and the FCT.

However, the commission have postponed scheduled general election before, this is not the first time.

It happened in 2015, the presidential Election was shifted from February 14 to March 28th, 2015; while the Governorship and State House of Assembly and FCT elections scheduled for 28 February were shifted to 11 April.

 

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