Nigeria reschedules general election to February 23rd
- 17 Feb 2019 --
Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has postponed to February 23rd, the country’s general election earlier scheduled for Saturday, February 16th, 2019.
INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, while briefing newsmen at the commission’s headquarters, announced that “Following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan, and the determination to conduct free, fair, and credible elections, the Commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible.”
He therefore announced that the presidential and National Assembly elections have been moved to February 23, 2019.
He also said that the governorship and state assembly elections have also been moved by one week to March 9, 2019.
He said the rescheduled time table will afford the Commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of the elections.
“This was a difficult decision for the Commission to take, but necessary for the successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy.
“The Commission will meet key stakeholders to update them on this development at 2pm on Saturday, 16th February 2019 at the Abuja international Conference Centre”, he added.”
Eighty-nine other political parties are contesting various positions, with 8,878 candidates contesting national and gubernatorial posts.
The INEC had earlier announced hotlines to receive and promptly address complaints to underscore its determination to achieve smooth and hitch-free elections..
WhatsApp: 08068653743, 08126066428 and 07033718937 and
Telephone lines: 07034489491, 081431494998, 09073133806, 08116432737 and 07030986818.
Credit: Vanguard Nigeria