Political influence, Security or Inadequate Resources not reason for election postponement, says INEC
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has ruled out political involvement in the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to hold on February 16 and March 2, 2019. He said this at the National Election Collation Centre in Abuja today while addressing the stakeholders.The meeting which was held immediately after the announcement of postponing the presidential and legislature polls by a week, less than five hours to the start of the polls.
He said this when he was starting his reasons for the postponement, “The decision has nothing to do with security, political influence or inadequate resources”
He emphasized the postponement was based mainly logistical challenges faced in deploying human and material resources for the conduct of the elections.
The INEC chairman also mentioned as drawback what he described as an attempt to sabotage the commission’s effort, with the fire incidents which ravaged its offices in different parts of the country, the worst being the case in Awka, Anambra State, where over four thousand card readers were destroyed in a fire that gutted the facilities where they were stored.
In attendance at the meeting were prominent personalities including a former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, representatives of election bodies from around the world, as well as local and international election observers and representatives of various political parties.