INEC Rules Out Postponement Of 2019 Elections

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood YakubuTwitter

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not postpone the 2019 elections because of the delay in the passage of its budget.

INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made the clarifications while fielding questions from State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja.

Yakubu said that there was no provision under the law for postponement of elections.

He said; “I have said this over and over again; there are no conditions under which elections should be postponed, under section 26 of the Electoral Act.

“The date is formed and fixed, February 16, 2019; we issued the timetable way in advance; for the very first time in the history of our nation, citizens of Nigeria know when elections will take place one year in advance. It has never happened before.

“Secondly, for the very first time in the history of our country, citizens know the budget of the electoral commission; citizens know line by line how much the commission proposed; what the money is going to be spent on.

“I think I am very happy with this process.’’

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