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INEC Chairman Speaks On Alleged Plan To Postpone 2019 Elections If Possible

The impartial national Electoral
fee (INEC) says it's going to not delay the 2019 elections due to the put off within the passage of its budget.

 INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the clarifications even as fielding questions from country residence correspondents on Friday in Abuja. He stated that there has been no provision under the law for postponement of elections.

 I have stated this over and over again; there are not any situations beneath which elections ought to be postponed, under section 26 of the Electoral Act. The date is shaped and fixed, February 16, 2019; we issued the timetable way in advance; for the very first time inside the history of our state, residents of Nigeria realize while elections will take vicinity one year in advance. It has in no way befell before.

Secondly, for the first actual time inside the history of our u . s ., residents recognise the price range of the electoral commission; residents know line with the aid of line how a lot the fee proposed; what the money is going to be spent on. “ I think i'm very glad with this manner.’’ He said that as supplied within the charter, INEC had, seeing that April 27, 2017, been registering citizens continually in reaction to enchantment through Nigerians.

Yakubu stated that INEC had created greater centres for the registration but finally decided that it should suspend the method as supplied for via the regulation, six months to the elections. He said however that in response to appeal via Nigerians, again, INEC extended the workout to the stop of August.

“As at Saturday last week- Aug. 11- we've registered 12.1 million residents; this could eventually be added to the 70 million voters which can be already registered for the 2019 standard elections. “we've voters register of over eighty million citizens. “let me make this very vital explanation; the registration is going to take area among 9am within the morning and 5pm each day including weekends however aside from the public excursion.

you realize Tuesday and Wednesday subsequent week have been declared public vacation. “the second critical clarification that I ought to make is that the stop of the continuous electorate’ registration is Aug. 31 however that doesn't imply the quit of the gathering of permanent Voter playing cards (percent).

“collection of percent will continue until at the least one week to the general election in February 2019,’’ he said. The INEC boss stated he turned into not concerned that the virement for the conduct of 2019 election changed into still before the country wide assembly as he remained constructive. He said he had made the clarifications that the countrywide assembly requested for; including the 2 committees on INEC expressed pleasure on his clarifications.

He said he looked forward to listening to what the country wide assembly might say. Yakubu stated that Nigerians needed to understand that what the fee asked for become N189.2 billion which the government proposed to the national meeting. in keeping with him, there are no discrepancies in the figures. He stated he turned into inside the Presidential villa to pleasant-music modalities on how Nigeria could help Guinea-Bissau in its impending elections as the united states had asked Nigeria’s assistance. -NAN

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