Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, February 18, 2019

Official word on election postponement in Nigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offers explanations for the delay in voting.

Why We Postponed Elections - INEC
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday explained reasons behind the commission's decision to reschedule the 2019 elections to new dates, citing inability to distribute election materials…

According to the new timetable, polls slated for yesterday would now hold on February 23, while elections for governorship and states houses of assembly were shifted to March 9.

Yakubu, who addressed stakeholders Saturday at the National Election Collation Centre located at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, said the decision had nothing to do with security, political influence or inadequate resources.

He attributed the postponement to mainly logistical challenges faced in deploying human and material resources for the conduct of the elections.

"Apart from these logistical challenges, we also faced what may well be attempts to sabotage our preparations. In a space of two week, we had to deal with serious fire incidents in three of our offices…

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