INEC Denies Postponing General Elections, Says Meeting Ongoing

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied postponing elections for six weeks.

Speculations have become rife that the electoral body has concluded plans to postpone the polls until March, with an AP  reporter saying the shift was aimed at enabling the multinational joint task force finish retaking territories occupied by terrorist group Boko Haram.

However, INEC in a Twitter post dismissed the speculations. “INEC has not made any official announcement about Feb. 14th polls. Meetings still ongoing #Nigeriadecides,” the post read.

The commission is expected to announce its decision on Saturday evening after meeting with representatives of the political parties.

There had been calls for election dates to be shifted due to the inability of INEC to complete the distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and also for security reasons.

While the meeting of the Council of State was believed to have ended with the former leaders encouraging INEC to go on as planned. But online news platform, TheCable quoted a senior official of the commission as saying that the election would be a “monumental chaos” if it goes ahead next week as planned because of serious technical, security and logistical hitches.

If INEC postpones the elections, supporters of the major opposition party in the country, the All Progressives Congress (APC), which has been vehemently opposed to any shift in the dates, may embark on massive protests.

National elections were slated for February 14 while state elections were to hold on February 28.

Supporters of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the APC are of the opinion that a shift in the polls was intended to buy time for President Goodluck Jonathan, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and slow down the momentum of the opposition.

Nigerians have reported heavy presence of military in major cities in the country. Comments on social media allege that the FG had deployed troops as a preemptive measure.

6 Comments

  • binta says:

    the election shuld nt been postponed bcus We goin 4 Nysc batch A 2015 wil b affected.nd bside y did dey wnt 2 postpone it if not dat dey hav mission.

  • Sani Abbas Abdullahi says:

    Election should on that same that scheduled.if you talk about PVC as an excuse,INEC has distributed the maximum percentage expected and it is been yet continues the distribution.Secondly,issue of security in Nigeria is artificial,so if the years spent back doesn’t prevailed,how do you think 6 weeks will signify to eliminate the insurgency.Postponing election is an act of militarization conspicuously for taking advantage agaisnt particularly the opposition party and the supporters.

  • raji Michael Anuoluwapo says:

    Jonathan will surly regret al ds evil plan of HIS..yeye president!

  • Abdulqadir Abdullahi says:

    The 2015 election should take’s place as sheduled.please help us becouse we are tiered of govt and eager to vote for the next govt

  • Ogechi says:

    Jonathan na by force make u rule nigeria? By God’s grace all ur evil plan will fail nd u will be disgrace frm office.

  • Dr Adesina Babatunde says:

    If there is need to shift election for security reason;let it be so. God choosen leader shall surely emerge.God is not man that think physically;but beyond ordinary human efforts.God give us leaders that will fear you.Amen.

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