By Samuel Ogundipe
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on weekday delayed the presidential and national assembly elections as solely reportable by PREMIUM TIMES.
The announcement by INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, at the commission’s headquarters in national capital came hours before Nigerians were slated to go to the polling units.
The announcement was created at regarding 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
It came hours once PREMIUM TIMES reportable that supplying challenges in some components of the country could force the commission to maneuver the elections.
The new dates for the elections area unit Gregorian calendar month twenty three for presidential and national assembly elections and March nine for situation and state assemblies elections.
Mr Yakubu same additional details of the postponement would be disclosed at a conference scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
The statement scan by the INEC Chairman:
“The freelance National Electoral Commission met on weekday, fifteen Gregorian calendar month 2019 and reviewed its preparation for the 2019 general elections scheduled for weekday, Gregorian calendar month sixteen, and weekday, March 2.
“Following a careful review of the implementation of its supplying and operational plans and its determination to conduct free, truthful and credible elections, the commission came to the conclusion that continuing with the election as scheduled isn’t any longer possible.
“Consequently, the commission has determined to schedule the Presidential/National Assembly elections to weekday, twenty third Gregorian calendar month 2019. moreover, the Governorship/State House of Assembly/Federal Capital Territory space Council elections area unit rescheduled to weekday, ninth March 2019.
“This can afford the Commission the chance to handle known challenges so as to keep up the standard of our elections. This was a troublesome call for the commission to require however necessary for the triple-crown delivery of elections and consolidation of our democracy.
“The Commission can meet with key stakeholders to update them on this development at a pair of P.M at the national capital International Conference Centre.”
Some of the states wherever INEC’s provision challenges occur area unit Niger and Ekiti.
PREMIUM TIMES revealed a report by the news organization of African nation wherever the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Niger State same ballot papers for 2 of the state’s 3 legislator districts were missing as of weekday evening.
In Ekiti, the previous governor of the state, Ayo Fayose, defendant INEC of deliberately billboard materials for the presidential, Senate and House of Representatives elections in some states to frustrate the PDP.
Mr Fayose same he was aware that ballot papers and result sheets for presidential and legislator elections weren’t in Ekiti State as at nine p.m. on Friday, adding that solely materials for the House of Representatives were distributed.
According to his proponent, Lere Olayinka, Mr Fayose same similar things already reportable in Oyo, Taraba, Edo, Niger, Ogun, Rivers and different states.