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INEC Might Shift Elections To April

INEC Might Shift Elections To April

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will today meet with the 36 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and the political parties as part of consultations to enable the commission reach new dates for the general elections. Indications are that the polls may be shifted to March or April.

Also, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, at a press briefing, affirmed that President Goodluck Jonathan did not pressure the INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to shift the dates of the general election.

The President’s aide further assured that the May 29 handover date to a new administration remain sacrosanct.‎

INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, had as part of the consultation directed by the National Council of State, met with all national commissioners Thursday night and Friday morning.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu said as a follow-up to Thursday’s meeting, the Commission has scheduled a consultative meeting with chairmen and secretaries of all registered political parties, as well as a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for Saturday.

“Thereafter, the Commission will address a press conference to brief the nation on its decision with regard to whether or not the general elections will hold as currently scheduled,” he said.

Addressing newsmen, Okupe said President Goodluck Jonathan is not interested, neither is he engaged in any form of subterfuge to pressurize INEC to change the dates of the 2015 Elections.

According him, “The President, like many governors and citizens of Nigeria, is concerned about ‎the state of preparedness of INEC for the 2015 elections, especially as it concerns the guarantee of the rights of every Nigerian citizen who has fulfilled the conditions for INEC’s voter registration, and may still be disenfranchised from the process of voting at the general election.

“The security situation and the danger that the current war against insurgency in some parts of the country may impose on the conduct of elections in the Affected area.

“The impact of the situation above on the overall credibility of the 2015 elections

“Secondly , I wish to state categorically here that at no time during the entire 7 hour meeting did the INEC Chairman , Prof Attahiru Jega insist that the elections must hold on Feb 14th and 28th 2015 as published by some electronic / print media. Rather Professor Jega gave the Council a report on the progress so far made by the INEC on its preparedness for the 2015 elections.

“In all its submissions the only process that was 100% concluded was the preparation and availability of the Voters Register.

‎”All other processes including provision, distribution and collection of PVC’s, printing of ballot papers, distribution of verification machines and other non–sensitive materials, recruitment and training of ad hoc Staff were as at 5th Feb 2015 all “works in progress”; with some assurance that all will be ready on or before 14th of Feb 2015,” he stated.

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