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2019: Stakeholders query polls postponement

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‘You failed in four years, can you succeed in one week?’

By Tasie Theodore

Stakeholders from across the country and beyond have queried the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC over the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections that were due to hold on February 16, 2019.

At a session with the INEC Chairman in Abuja, Saturday, they expressed their umbrage over the late postponement of the polls and requested guarantees that the commission would honour the new dates it has picked while also ensuring hitch-free conduct of the polls.

Responding, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu insisted that the new date was sacrosanct and that the commission would do everything to ensure a hitch-free process.

The commission also affirmed that the additional 7-day window would however not allow for additional campaigning time by political parties and candidates as well as the collection of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs by interested voters.

Present at the occasion were party leaders, presidential aspirants, media practitioners, election observers and INEC commissioners.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu

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