The real reasons behind the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to postpone the general elections have emerged.
Chairman of the commission, Attahiru Jega, who has been under immense pressure lately, made the announcement for the shifts in election dates, yesterday, at a world press conference, invoking the provisions of the following in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended: Section 76(2), Section 116(2), Section 132(2) Section 178(2).
He also quoted Section 25 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
Jega explained that INEC was prepared but the security challenge and the need not to deploy men and materials when the security agencies had issued an advisory, made the commission postpone the elections.
“We are not being forced by anybody to take this decision,” the INEC Chairman claimed.
“This is a decision that we had to take by ourselves. They were not pleasant decisions to take but we had to take the decisions. Nobody has forced us; nobody has coerced us. We stand by this decision.”
However, Jega admitted that with the new dates, the Commission stands a better opportunity of fine-tuning some of its processes.
Although Jega claimed that the level of preparedness of the commission was better than how it was on 2011, there are several things yet to be put in place.
A status report published by Vanguard, which cited sources, revealed that training manuals for ad hoc staff are not ready. Presiding Officers are also yet to be trained.
Other points in Vanguard’s report include the following:
– 700,000 ad hoc staff not recruited yet
-PVCs still being printed abroad
-RECs yet to print Voter Register
– Printers for Register still in Abuja
– No full complement of ballot boxes
-Fake printing ink sent to states from headquarters rejected
-Many states yet to get balance of Card Readers
The presidential and National Assembly elections, earlier slated for Saturday, February 14, 2015, will now hold on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
The governorship and state legislative elections will hold on April 11, 2015.
Valid and unassailable reasons to postpone the election. Those who pushed for previous date intended to set this country ablaze. It is within INEC’s powers to arrange, fix date and conduct elections. No body, especially external do gooders can dictate to INEC.
Please, NYSC should give us our certificates this week thursday, since the Election has been pospon and those that are interested to participate should wait behind and do that. After the collection of the certificate.
Born u re rite jare. dey should give us our certificate cos me am tired of staying in dis bush. All in d name of NYSC .
we want change but we don’t want to change
Wow let’s God take control.nw its shifted I can write my Exam in peace.tank u Jesus.no break again
I wonder why after four years, INEC is still this unprepared. Pls give me my PVC I want to vote
Though it seems logical for the election to be postponed due to the prevailing security lapses in the North-East, at the same time , the six weeks of postponement is still not enough to fight Boko-Haram. But as a well meaningful Nigerian, every one want what is best for this nation and if postponement will help in shaping things, it is a good call.
Leadership is not a thing of joy sometimes because they are to serve the people under them. Our leaders in this Country are they serving us or we are serving them? A good Leadership will forsake everything about himself or herself and performed his selfless services to the Nation. Nigeria the great Country, largest in Africa & a Country made by GOD ALMIGHTY. May GOD give us a good Leaders & also help we the followers to be good also AMEN. “I LOVE NIGERIA”