INEC Shifts Polls To March 28 And April 11

The Independent National Electoral Commission has shifted the general elections earlier scheduled for February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11, 2015. INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who announced the new dates on Saturday in Abuja after series of meeting with various stakeholders, explained that the Presidential and National Assembly elections would hold on March 28 while the governorship and state Houses of Assembly polls would hold on April 11.

Jega said the commission was empowered by Section 26 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) to shift national elections due to some factors. He explained that the postponement followed reports by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki
(retd.), and other service chiefs that their agencies would not be able to guarantee security of INEC personnel in some parts of the country.

Jega denied holding meetings with any opposition figure or the Arewa Consultative Forum to rig election in favour of any candidate, dismissing calls on him by some people from the South-South to resign.

Source: Punch


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