Saturday, 16 February 2019

Why INEC postponed the general elections

16 February 2019 

Press Release: INEC Reschedules 2019 General Elections 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met on Friday, Elections scheduled for Saturday, 16th February 2019 and Saturday, 2nd
March 2019.

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.

"Consequently, the Commission has decided to reschedule the Presidential and National Assembly Elections to Saturday, 23rd February 2019.

"Furthermore, the Governorship, State, House of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections is rescheduled to Saturday 9th March 2019. This will afford the Commission the opportunity to address identified challenges in order to maintain the quality of our elections.

This was a difficult decision for the Commission to take, but necessary for democracy.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

INEC Chair 

16 February 2019 

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