The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made the announcement few hours before the polls were due to open on Saturday. Explaining why it postponed the general elections earlier scheduled for Saturday, 16th February, 2019.
INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu told reporters early Saturday in Abuja, “Proceeding with the election as scheduled is no longer feasible.”
He said the difficult decision was needed to ensure a free and fair vote.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections have been rescheduled for Saturday 23 February.
Governorship, state assembly and federal area council elections have been rescheduled until Saturday 9 March.
The announcement came after an emergency meeting held on 15th February at the INEC headquarters in Abuja.
Mr Yakubu said the decision was made following a “careful review” of the election “operational plan”, adding that there was a “determination to conduct free, fair and credible elections.”
He said the delay was necessary to give the commission time to address vital issues and “maintain the quality of our elections.”
Breaking News: The #NigeriaDecides2019 Elections now to hold on; 23rd February, 2019 for Presidential and National Assembly while the Governorship, State House of Assembly and the FCT Area Council Elections is to hold on 9th March, 2019. pic.twitter.com/6zhvBLQe2a— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) February 16, 2019
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