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BREAKING: INEC postpones elections till February 23

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections to Saturday, February 23.

The governorship and state assembly elections is now scheduled to hold March 9.

The decision was reached in the early hours of Saturday following an emergency meeting INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, had with the 12 national commissioners in Abuja.

Addressing journalists, Yakubu explained that the shift was largely due to logistics problems faced by the commission.

He said the decision will enable the commission deliver a free, fair and credible exercise.

“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.

“Consequently, the commission has decided to reschedule the Presidential and National Assembly Elections to Saturday, 23 February 2019. He said.

He added, “Furthermore, the Governorship, State House of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections is rescheduled to Saturday 9th March 2019. This will afford the Commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of our 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.” Yakubu explained.

He further announced that the commission will meet key stakeholders to update them on the development in Abuja 2pm on Saturday.

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