Nigeria Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally bowed to pressure on it to postpone the nation’s general elections that are supposed to be held on February 14 and 28 respectively.
After a series of consultative meetings with all the stakeholders which dovetailed far into the night today, the Chairman of the INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega announced the postponement to March 28 and April 11, following advice from security chiefs in the country.
Professor Jega said the electoral body is ready to go ahead with the polls but the Boko Haram insurgency in the country necessitated the postponement. He said, the Presidential and National Assembly elections billed for February 14 will now hold on March 28 while governorship and State House of Assembly elections will hold on April 11.
He said that the six weeks window will also help the electoral body to perfect the strategies towards a peaceful, free and fair elections. [myad]