AT LAST, INEC RESCHEDULE ELECTIONS TO MARCH 28, APRIL 11

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JEGA-INEC

There are strong indications that the presidential and National Assembly elections originally scheduled for 14 February may have been

rescheduled to March 28 while the governorship and state houses of assembly elections earlier fixed for 28 February may now hold on 11 April, all of these subject to final ratification of the meeting between INEC National Commissioners and State Resident Electoral Commissioners currently ongoing.

The decision to reschedule the elections may have come out of the meeting of the electoral commission, political parties and civil society organisations.

Sixteen political parties favoured the rescheduling of the elections while nine were against.

According to a report from Premium Times, the Chairman of INEC had a meeting with Civil Society groups and informed them that the security forces were not available to provide security during the elections on February 2015. He therefore had no choice but to postpone the election by 6 weeks to enable the security forces conclude their 6 week campaign against Boko Haram.

Meanwhile, in reaction to the postponement, some groups reportedly took to the streets in Abuja to protest the action.

POSER: What is your take on this? Do you think INEC did the right thing by postponing the elections?

 

Source: This day

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