Nigeria: Over 21 INEC RECs Reject Elections Postponement

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Report has it that 21 out of the 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have declined a proposal to postpone Nigeria’s general elections billed for February 14 and 28.

According to Premium publication, a vote was conducted today by the INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, after he met with political parties and the civil society.

21 RECs said the elections should continue as planned while 16 others voted in support of a reschedule.

The outcome of the vote came as Nigerians await INEC’s decision on whether the elections are moved or not.

Mr. Jega further revealed at their meeting that the commission was under pressure to postpone the polls after all security agencies, including the military and the police, warned that they will only support polls held at least six weeks after the current dates.

Opposition party, All Progressives Congress [APC], has rejected any plan to postpone the election saying such calls are sponsored by President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling party to stave their imminent defeat at the polls.

It is not clear what the commission’s eventual decision would be with the latest voting pattern by the RECs.

A briefing of the media by the INEC chairman will commence soon, so stay tuned.



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