Nigeria postpones presidential election by one week as DSS hunts saboteur of missing ballot in Niger
London, Feb. 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has shifted Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections by one week. It will now hold on the 23 February.
The governorship and state assembly elections will take place on 9 March, instead of 2 March as initially scheduled.
It was one of the decisions reached early today in a crunch talk between between INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and 12 national commissioners in Abuja, according to sources close to the meeting.
Professor Yakubu will be briefing the media later today on the decision, amidst reports of logistics problems faced by the commission.
The meeting, which began Friday evening, was still in progress up till 1.30 a.m.
Rotimi Oyekanmi, the chief press secretary to the INEC chairman told newsmen that the decision of the meeting will be communicated later today and that some decision about the election had been reached.
“I can confirm to you that the INEC Chairman and the 12 national commissioners are in the meeting.
” Decisions have been taken and you will be addressed later,” Oyekanmi said.
Presidential and National Assembly elections are scheduled to take place throughout the country today, while governorship and state assembly elections will take place on 2 March.
The national elections are expected to hold at 119,973 polling units across the country while collation of results will take place in 8,809 Registration Areas or Wards, 774 Local Government Areas and 36 States and the FCT.
It will not be the first time that the commission would postpone a scheduled general election.
In 2015, the presidential election was shifted from February 14 to March 28th, 2015; while the governorship and assembly elections scheduled for 28 February were shifted to 11 April
DSS hunts saboteurs
Meanwhile, Alternativeafrica.com has been reliably informed that operative of Nigeria’s secret security service, the Department of State Services (DSS).has launched immediate investigation into the mysterious disappearance of ballot papers meant for Niger East and Niger North zones in Niger state.
Our source said “after INEC contacted the DSS leadership, they began their investigation immediately amidst concern that the disappearance of the sensitive materials was a deliberate attempt to embarrass the president and discredit the outcome of the election”
The source said further that the incident in Niger was one of the major reason INEC decided to move the election by one week.” They are taking the issue very serious as it was a dent on their security capability after promising the president a hitch free election” the source added