Nigeria postpones presidential, general elections over logistic glitch

Nigeria postpones presidential election for one week. Photo: RR

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) Presidential and general elections have been postponed in Nigeria over logistic problems, sources said Saturday.

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Presidential and National Assembly elections will now be held on February 23 and March 9 respectively.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said that the postponement of the elections was due to logistics and operational problems.

The move follows more than six hours of meeting between the INEC Chairman and 12 national commissioners in Abuja on Friday.

Prof. Yakubu said that INEC would be meeting all the stakeholders at 2pm on Saturday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja to explain the commission’s position.

The general elections are expected to hold in 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 federal capital of Abuja.

It will be recalled that in 2015, the Presidential election was shifted from February 14 to March 28th, 2015, while the Governorship and Assembly elections scheduled for 28 February were shifted to April 11, 2015.

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