Nigeria postpones presidential election to February 23

Nigeria postpones presidential election to February 23

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been postponed to February 23rd, 2019.

The country’s general election was earlier scheduled for Saturday, February 16th, 2019 was postponed in order to make proper arrangement to make it more successful, devoid of any electoral malfeasance.

INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, while briefing newsmen at the commission’s headquarters, announced the postponement of the election.

Nigeria postpones presidential election to February 23

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria Source: Vanguard Nigeria
Source: UGC

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“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 also said that the governorship and state assembly elections have also been moved by one week to March 9, 2019.

Prof Yakubu explained that the rescheduled time table would afford the Commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of the elections.

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“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.”

71 persons are contesting the presidential race, it is widely held to be a straight battle between 76-year-old President Muhammadu Buhari of the All People’s Congress (APC), and 72-year-old businessman and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).

Eighty-nine other political parties are contesting various positions, with 8,878 candidates contesting national and gubernatorial posts.

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