BREAKING: INEC postpones Nigeria elections, announces new dates, gives reasons….
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has postponed the February 16 presidential and National Assembly elections.
The polls will now hold Saturday February 23.
This was one of the decisions reached early Saturday morning in a meeting INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu had with the 12 national commissioners in Abuja.
Addressing the media, Yakubu explained that the shift was mainly due to logistics problems faced by the commission.
“Following a careful review, the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections will not be feasible”, he said.
Yakubu added that the decision was taken in order to give the nation a free, fair and credible exercise.
“Furthermore, the governorship and state houses of elections will hold on Saturday March 9”, the electoral chief added.
The national elections are expected to hold at 119,973 polling units across the country while collation of results will take place in 8,809 Registration Areas or Wards, 774 Local Government Areas and 36 States and the FCT.
It will not be the first time that the commission would postpone a scheduled general election.