The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Saturday, February 16 announced postponment of the 2019 general elections by one week.
In a statement issued by INEC national Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the commission announced rescheduling of the Presidential and National Assembly polls to February 23 and the State Governorship and State Assembly elections for March 9, 2019 respectively.
The statement read: “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, 23” February 2019. Furthermore, the Govemorship, State House of Assembly and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council Elections is rescheduled to Saturday 9‘h 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 the successful delivery of the elections and the consolidation of our democracy.
The Commission, however promised to meet key stakeholders to update them on the postponement of the polls and other key development at 2pm on Saturday, l6lh February 2019 at the Abuja International Conference Centre.